We are now hitting that point in the year when those of us seeking professorships in sociology begin panic mode. And the current state of the market is grim.
However, it is still early. I have been reassured by a few people that, for whatever reason, many schools do not post job openings until about a month after ASA. Maybe they do it on purpose, to avoid having mobs of ABDs chasing down their professors in the hotel lobbies, waving copies of their vitaes and shouting their dissertation elevator speeches.
(But then the mob scene takes a strange turn as the hapless professor tries to escape, and more ABDs - this time looking alarmingly undead - start crawling out from behind every hidden nook and cranny, chanting "hire me, hire me...")
Okay, maybe that's not the best way to get a job.
But, I can certainly forsee some panicking. ASAs employment service is currently stocked with a grand total of 15 assistant professor jobs. FIFTEEN. Do you know how many job seekers have applied for the service? Well, I don't either, but if you are brave (stupid?) enough to wade into the waters of the Sociology Job Market Rumor Mill, then you will find evidence of at least 400 applicants. Hmmm...15 jobs and 400+ applicants. That is not a good ratio. Not at all.
So, what about schools with openings? ASA's job bank lists 24 assistant professorships. Of course, this isn't the definitive list. Jobs are listed in other places, as well. And there's that problem with insitutions not listing their open positions yet. However, a quick and dirty assessment of what might be out there is available on the socjobs2010 wiki. They list 28 institutions. But keep in mind that some schools have more than one opening. Boston, for example, has three. Oh, well that's much better...right?
Now if you'll excuse me, I think I spy a tasty brain over yonder.
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