Your latest Ivory Filter Flask post made me wonder: when "ABDs are encouraged to apply", does that imply that ABDs are in the process of finishing up...or, like in humanities, it's an alternate way out?
Tuesday, June 28, 2016
Ask CJ: what does "ABD" mean?
From the inbox, a good question:
I suspect that "ABDs are encouraged to apply" means "Just because you're still technically a graduate student and you haven't defended, you can still apply" and not "we don't mind if you don't finish your Ph.D. thesis and defend."
That said, I've never sat on a small college faculty search committee, so I have no idea. Readers, what say you?