It'd be funny if it were happening to someone else.
I did this! Okay, I'm not in your field, but I did accidentally apply this year for a senior position. Even better, it's at a nearby school, and I regularly see some of the faculty (including ones on the search committee) at talks and whatnot. It's crazy embarrassing. (I swear that the posting I saw didn't mention it was a senior position! Sigh.)
Last year I applied to a job in Canada for a "Scholar." I figured that was a funny term for a professor, but hey I consider myself something of a scholar having gotten a PhD and all! Turned out "scholar" means not me.
I don't know that I've done this, but I certainly did catch a number of jobs on my original list that were for senior people before I sent off my application.
On the hiring committee I was on last year, we advertised for a senior position and got far *more* applications from junior people (both folks who were not yet tenured and grad students who didn't yet have PhD's) than from people who actually met the job criteria. I assume that at least some of these were intentional--thinking that maybe if we didn't find a senior person that we'd look at their files. So I wouldn't worry too much about it--at least you're likely not to be the only one!
James --What was the job for? What does "Scholar" mean in Canadian?
Hey, they (universities) do it too. Check out one of the recent online Jobs for Philosophers ads (#326) on the APA site. It's from St. Mary's in Texas for a clinical PSYCHOLOGY hire...It reads "must be able to teach graduate courses in Clinical Psychology (for example, Assessment/diagnostics, Physiological Psychology, Abnormal, Advanced Statistics, and Research)." OPPS! Wrong APA....
That's funny, 8:22.James -- I'm pretty sure that 'scholar' means the same up here as it does down there. It's not a rank.
Yeah, I saw the Clinical Psych. add as well. Surely someone at the APA office saw that and said "hey, they got the wrong APA". The two best explanations I can think of to explain the fact that it made it into the JFP is (1) incompetence in the APA office or (2) hey, they're paying us, let's run it.
Among the many schools to which I applied, some were Catholic institutions. As you know, many of these institutions require a statement of supporting the mission of the school. Anyway, I found in my letter to Catholic University 1 a hang-over from my letter to Catholic University 2. So, the statement to CU1 ended with something like 'and thus I am strongly committed to supporting the mission of CU2'. Duh. (And I read the thing 4 times and didn't catch it - another reason to get some rest before proofreading).
From what I was told by someone who checked out the position on my behalf (and so this is second hand), "scholar" denoted someone of considerable stature with a great deal of publications. It was meant to be similar to taking an honorary chair. I didn't see any similar ads in this year's jfp.
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