|Dr. Jones, how hard was it|
to get your position?
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[Someone I know] says that the paltry job market doesn't apply to chemistry professor positions at D3 schools* (where you'd only have to teach, no research). I have a hard time finding this to be true. What do you think?
*I assume this is referring to NCAA Division III, i.e. smallish institutions.I think that person is wrong, but I have no data. Certainly, the recent article in C&EN remarks on the tough competition to get one of those tenure-track professor positions at a liberal arts college. I believe that if you're in a field where there's a lot of people (e.g. organic chemistry), getting a TT position at a small school is pretty much equally competitive as a larger school.
I suspect that as you get into the smaller and smaller schools and community colleges, competition and the quality of CV starts to drift downwards, but these are presumably less desirable positions (from a status perspective.) The pay starts to get a lot lower, too.
There are also demographic trends to be considered -- are there enough 18 year olds coming in future generations to cover the expansion in colleges and universities we've seen in the last 20 years? I doubt it, but again, I have no data.
Readers, what say you? Is my reader's acquaintance incorrect? Anyone been out there on the small college faculty job search? What are you seeing?