Saturday, September 22, 2007

Going to Find Out Who's Naughty or Nice

I'm interested in this bit of speculation from Brandon over at Siris:
I suspect how nice or nasty the interviews are tends to depend a great deal on the type of search and college your AOS tends to get you.

Huh. I hadn't really thought of that possibility. What do you have in mind, Brandon? Anyone else have any ideas about what the patterns are here?


Brandon said...

Speculation it certainly is. I've heard some very bad stories about interviews from others (mostly analytic-focused people trying to get into analytic-oriented departments). Most of my interviews have been the diametrical opposite (with the exception of the apparent attitude to students I noted in the post) -- very personable, very enjoyable interviews with smaller history-oriented departments (I have a very history-oriented CV). So, just based on what is purely anecdotal evidence, that's the only thing I can think of that would explain the difference (if it's not sheer dumb luck). I'd be interested myself in finding out if there are any general differences or if it's just an illusion of sample.

Pseudonymous Grad Student said...

Brandon -- Interesting. Thanks for your thoughts.

Anonymous said...

I'm the chirpy anonymous from the previous thread. I, too, work in history of philosophy, though most of the departments I interviewed with couldn't really be described as history-oriented. I wonder if some such places see historians as a necessary evil, leading to less gnashing of teeth over the particular historians hired. I have heard a few horror stories from historians interviewed by departments actively hostile to history of philosophy, though.

Anonymous said...

I wondered about this also, having read brandon's first comment. I also have a history-oriented CV. At my current visiting post, those in the department are quite friendly to history, but most seem to regard it as something you do as a propaedeutic to real philosophy. Still, they employ 5 historians (tenured or tenure-track) in a department of 20.
would brandon or anyone else have a suggestion for those of us with history-oriented CVs to avoid applying to places where we would just be plain unwelcome? I know, it's a naive question, but I wanted to ask it.