Tuesday, March 5, 2019

The 2019 Chemistry Faculty Jobs List: 573 positions

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  1. Rejection from UT Austin.

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  2. Yikes - the rejections are really rolling in now!

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    1. Its way better than getting nothing.

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  3. Second rejection received from Ursinus (first one received back in November). I get it, I get it!

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  4. Rejection from Humboldt State.

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  5. For the biophysical chemists, I got a rejection from MSKCC's Structural Biology Program.

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  6. Anyone received any news of offers in Northeastern's Chemistry dept?

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  7. Has anyone else noticed that correspondence relating to interview/onsite visit offers/next steps seem to come after hours and on weekends while rejections seem to come between M-F 9-5?

    Just a little unscientific analysis I am doing which has helped me stress less during the workday, but it could just me be.

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  8. I just got a rejection email from Montclair State University (bio-analytical chemistry). I did an on-site there in December.

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  9. Has anyone heard from UCF Chemistry for the organic chemistry position? Are they arranging phone/skype interviews?

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  10. Has anyone heard from Clark Atalanta University for the Materials chemistry position? Are they arranging phone/skype interviews?

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    1. I have not heard from CAU after confirmation of their receiving my application...

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  11. Same here. This university looks a little weird.

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  12. University of Tampa is scheduling on sites.

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  13. When an original TT advertisement reopens and you were interviewed before they reopened the position but have not been outright rejected, does this mean that you are no longer under serious consideration? I don’t understand the point of reopening a position later in the season and not keeping applicants informed (especially a candidate that has been interviewed).

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    1. I had a phone interview for a TT position in Feb. Later that week the position was reposted in multiple places. That next week I was invited for on-site.

      People explained to me sometimes it's a requirement of the state or institution, but can depend on the school. Good luck!

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    2. I think I replied to the original post by Anon 5:23 PM, when his/her situation first came up.

      What ended up happening in my case is the job was reposted for a couple of days, then closed, then a week or so later I got a rejection email as another candidate was hired. So I think they had to have the posting be in an “active” state in order to make the offer. YMMV

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    3. OP here, thanks for the responses. It seems for this specific institution, there may be a lack of applicants, although I am not certain.

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    4. Sometimes the openings have a time limit and they have to "re-open" the search even though it is simply a continuation.

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  14. Has anyone heard from Adelphi U or Hofstra U, two Long Island schools with p-chem openings?

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    1. I think Adelphi scheduled phone interviews way back ago, by December. Right after their priority date. I suppose that by this time the search is already done and somebody has accepted the position. I did not apply to Hofstra, but I remember they were one of the last schools to open a PChem position (somewhere around mid-January). Anohter NY school that opened very late was Manhattan College, which I have never heard anything yet.

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    2. Hofstra is conducting phone interviews. Adelphi position was filled in December

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  15. Rejection from Iowa... again.

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  16. Spelman College is scheduling interviews.

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    1. ! I wonder if not getting a rejection letter from them back when they were sent out is a good sign.. May I ask if you checked your application to see if they asked for recommendation letters from your references? Mine still says not requested.

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    2. I just checked and my application says they solicited letters at the end of October.

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  17. So much for that then. Thanks!

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  18. A perfectly worded rejection from Wake Forest University (theory): "In light of the strength of the applicant pool, we decided not to proceed with your candidacy."

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    1. At my institution they extended an offer but in light of the strength of the applicant pool they should not have proceeded.

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  19. Anyone hear from the Air Force Academy?

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    1. Rejection from Air Force Academy :(

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  20. Indiana State pulled their payline after I interviewed :(

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  21. Prairie View A&M University posted for hiring Tenure-Track/Analytical Chemistry; looks like this university posted similar position for many years.

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  22. Rejection Univeristy Utah analytical.

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  23. Did Wichita state send out offer for the inorganic chem?

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  24. North Carolina A&T is scheduling Skype interviews.

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  25. Has anyone heard from UMKC Materials after onsites?

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  26. Rejection from Harvard.

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    1. After an on-site?

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    2. No, plain rejection without any prior interactions.

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  27. Does anyone have some good resources for structure/prepping for a chalk talk?

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  28. Rejection (after on-site) from SD Mines. Anybody know who they hired?

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    1. It's really funny to get the automated rejection email from a place you actually turned down an offer from, when they hire someone else 2 months later!

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  29. Any further information from University of Texas Rio Grande Valley for materials chemistry?

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  30. CSU Fullerton has sent out a rejection

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  31. Rejection from Auburn, says the position has been filled.

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  32. Rejection from Texas A&M (theory): position has been filled.

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  33. Rejection from U Tampa (organic) after an onsite. Hope they found someone good!

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  34. Has anyone heard anything from the Canadian schools such as York (Environmental), Guelph (Biological position), or Memorial University (Analytical)?

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    1. York interviewed in Jan so they have likely made an offer by now. Haven't heard anything about the other two but as far as other Canadian schools, Queens (phys. org.) has made an offer, UVIC (materials) has sent rejection letters, Western (polymer) has contacted candidates for interviews, UofT (polymer) has interviewed in dec. and I have heard they concluded their search.

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    2. Guelph is conducting on sites

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    3. Memorial was scheduling for on-site interviews from late Feb/early March.

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  35. University of British Columbia (Vancouver) Assistant Professor in Environmental Chemistry position has been filled.

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  36. What is a "term assistant professor"?

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    1. Not totally sure but I imagine that would be a multi-year renewable contract with possible permanent employment but without the potential for tenure.

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  37. I'm not sure how widespread this is in other fields or in non-academic job searches, but I'm pretty disappointed in how many places still haven't sent notifications to unsuccessful applicants for faculty positions. I'd say I haven't heard anything from at least half of the schools I applied to.

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  38. For a job that requires 60+ hour workweeks, <10% funding paylines, huge teaching loads, endless bureaucracy, no pension, and not-great pay, I'm surprised we want these jobs at all. But a lot of us do. There's something wrong with us.

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    1. I hear ya there- that's why I've ditched the academic slough and gone on the industry track. Lotsa jobs for lotsa better pay and, quite likely, less hours sunk in at the workplace.

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  39. U Wisconsin Madison Food Chemistry has sent out rejections/notified the shortlist.

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  40. Anyone heard further information from University of Texas Rio Grande Valley for materials chemistry after the zoom interview?

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  41. I hate to keep harping on this, but has anyone heard from Fordham University regarding their physical chemistry position? It's been total radio silence as far as I can tell.

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  42. Rejection from Florida State (analytical) position has been filled.

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    1. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FLkLwIA5mCI

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  43. Rejection from Indiana University of Pennsylvania

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  44. Are there any other news about U of Guelph than biological position? They are hiring three (biological, NMR and theoretical). In this case, one search committee handles everything or three goes independently? If only biological position is being conducted onsite, is there still a chance for other positions?

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    1. As far as I am aware, they have only interviewed 1 person for the theoretical position (as per their website?) though I could be wrong.

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  45. Now that we are nearing the end of this season, is there any way we can quantify the number of people who applied for these positions versus the number of people that ultimately received offers across the country? This may be useful information for future applicants.

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    1. This would be really interesting to see

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    2. Reliably? The only way to do that would be to contact the school and ask, I think. Maybe I'm wrong.

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    3. You're probably right, although I was thinking at a more global level. With the "Chemistry Bumper Cars" it should be easy to estimate how many positions were filled. Essentially, I'm interest to know how many other people tried to get a faculty job this cycle but did not get one.

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    4. Chemistry Bumper Cars only gets about 200 entries max. I suspect it's at 50-75% for PhD-granting institutions, and >33% for PUIs.

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    5. Makes sense with the 500-600 job postings per year. Is there any data on how many searches fail/positions go unfilled per year?

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    6. That should be "I suspect it's at 50-75% for PhD-granting institutions, and < 33% for PUIs." up there... sigh.

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    7. I'm betting it's way less than 33% for PUIs. For the past couple of years, I'd put it at 10% or less.

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    8. Maybe it's just me, but it seems like Bumper Cars is moving more slowly this year than previous years. I wonder if people are just being more cautious about disclosing something before it's official, or if this is actually a slow hiring year. From my limited perspective, many R1 searches have not yet announced new hires.

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    9. Could also be that it's on a different site so less people know where to post?

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    10. I know from my correspondence with faculty that all places that I interviewed have made offers (or chose not to make an offer), but I don't think any of them have been officially announced.

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  46. University of Tampa (Organic) has canceled its search.

    Womp womp.

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    1. I saw on Indeed that they just posted a Visiting Assistant Professor position for Organic.

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    2. Makes sense. Seems they are overloaded there (lots of contact hours and research). It didn't seem like they could go without another body for another year and keep class sizes low.

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  47. Rejection from UMD Duluth materials after on-site

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  48. Any news from UMKC Materials?

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    1. Spoke to the admin assistant, seems the search is slow due to the merging of the departments (Chem into SBS). Says no one has been notified yet after onsites.

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  49. Manhattan College (open) is scheduling phone interviews.

    I'm guessing I am late in their search as its been a few months and they asked if I was free for a very specific time slot.

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    1. Good to know. I guess they didn't like me enough...

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    2. FWIW they said they are wrapping up the phones this week, pausing for easter and looking to do onsites in early May.

      I also had NO idea there were two searches open. I supposedly applied to the physical position, and there is an environmental as well. I coudn't tell if they were the same committees.

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    3. Manhattan College is scheduling onsites for the Environmental position for late April

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  50. It is weird to hear they are still doing phone interviews. Because I have heard there are people that have already gone for the campus interview with them. If they are doing phone simultaneously to the campus interviews, it seems that it will take kind a long time for this search to have a conclusion.

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  51. UCF is Skyping this week.

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  52. I was told Delaware state send out the offer.

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  53. Just got a real life rejection letter from U Chicago! I had completely forgotten that I had applied to them.

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    1. Me too! Although I'm obviously disappointed I didn't get a position, I think this was a nice that they sent a physical letter with my name (not simply "Dear applicant").

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    2. Same! And they at least spelled my name right, which I appreciate.

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    3. nice they sent something... last year they didn't even let on-site interviews know their status in the end

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  54. Texas Rio Grande has closed the Materials position and will not be filling it at this time.

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    1. I guess this the third time since 2016; weird.

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    2. Have you been to the Valley? The place isn't for everyone.

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    3. Yes, but just for travel and I think it's better than have no job

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  55. Utah Valley Uni. Is sending out rejections

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  56. Anybody hear anything from Wichita or Virginia Commonwealth?

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    1. I know they filled the analytical position. Not sure about the others.

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  57. Rejection from Boston College (theory).

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  58. Physical Chemistry position at Baylor has been filled.

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  59. Anybody hear anything from Clark Atlanta University after the zoom interview?

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  60. University of Denver informed me this morning that they have elected to cancel their search. Or, as the email put it: "At this time, it has been determined to not move forward with filling the Assistant Professor, Organic Chemistry (000267) position"

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    1. Same thing here. Guess that explains why we all got radio silence after our interviews. What a mess.

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    2. Was that after on-site? I had a similar situation after an on-site somewhere, and it's a little tough to hear that they would rather hire nobody than me. Oh well, I did the best I could!

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    3. I've heard that the problem in some of these situations is that the faculty can't agree on who they should hire, so the only compromise is to hire nobody. It's really unfortunate because it is such a big waste of time and resources, and it's disrespectful to the candidates.

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    4. Wait for the corresponding visiting position to post. It's the icing on the cake.

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    5. OP Here - didn't even get interviewed, so I wasn't expecting to get hired, but I think it's equally possible that they couldn't agree on who to hire or the funding line fell through.

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    6. I understand that it is frustrating to have a search end without anyone being hired, but how, exactly, is it disrespectful to the candidates? The process is not easy and there are many voices in the process (faculty). If they cannot come to a consensus on whom to hire, then it is best to not hire someone. That stuff happens, it's not disrespectful unless the brought people out with absolutely no intention of hiring someone - but that's not going to happen due to the expense (both in time and money). So, somethings happen that cannot be helped, but it's far from disrespectful.

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    7. Clearly having a hiring process where no one is hired is not a great outcome for anyone, but why does it seem to happen so frequently? Is there anything we can do to improve the faculty hiring process?

      I almost want a residency-matching-like system...

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  61. Has anyone applied / heard from Lise Meitner Group Leader position at Max Planck?

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  62. Rejection from UNR after phone.

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  63. Rejection from California Institute of Technology

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  64. Anything from Dartmouth (theoretical molecular science)?

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  65. Spelman is sending out extra rejections today! I got my first one in January.

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  66. Anybody hear anything from Clark Atlanta University after the zoom interview?

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  67. Any update on delaware organic position?

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    1. nothing heard on my end after the onsite (late march)

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    2. I was told that interviews are both organic and inorganic are running in parallel and decision will be made by end of April.

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    3. is there further information from delaware state for organic position?

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    4. No update.....No response

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  68. Has offer being made on after high point med chem onsite interview?

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  69. Has anybody received any offer from Manhattan College for their PChem position after the campus interview? I suppose that by this time all the candidates were interviewed.

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    1. I was speaking to them about another search and it was brought up that decisions likely have to be made before the end of the term next week. With that said, everyone is in the midst of finals so it might not be till the end of next week.

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  70. Rejection from Oregon State. Always funny to get them after Marshall has the bumpercars update.

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  71. Has offer being made from Clark Atlanta University for the materials chem?

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  72. Any update on delaware organic position?

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    1. nothing over here yet. My guess is they waited till the end of the semester to finish things up and now they are busy with other work. Seems the semester ends May 6th. would probably hear on or around then.

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    2. I think maybe they made an offer to other people; I do not get any message from them.

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    3. I think three people did onsites for the org position and it seems we are all on here... I could be wrong.

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    4. I guess you are right.

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    5. I just withdrew from the search so good luck!

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    6. I hope you got the position you wished for. I am not sure if its still open.

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    7. FWIW the email I got back from the Chair seems to imply it may be. I'll keep my fingers crossed for ya.

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    8. someone got the offer for the organic position? I can't imagine they work so slow.

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    9. Not sure as what could be the reason but no response from chair/search committee either.

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    10. How about now guys? looks like DSU possibly cancel the searching.

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    11. I guess. But at they should have audacity to say it. They don't have any organic faculty on their roster so how they gonna teach organic courses to their students.

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  73. Manhattan College (environmental chem) has made an offer

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  74. Manhattan College (PChem) has made an offer as well.

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  75. Any places still ongoing?

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    1. FWIW: I have yet to hear from:
      University of New Haven
      U Hartsford
      Thomas Jefferson University

      or final words from:
      Sacramento State
      University of New Orleans
      UMKC Materials
      Rockford U
      U. Illinois Chicago (Chem Ed)
      Del State (Organic)

      But I've given up on all of those

      Visting positions that are still open (to my knowledge):
      Adelphi
      Yeshiva
      Vassar
      Coast Guard Academy

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    2. UIC named their chem ed hire on their website.

      https://chem.uic.edu/news-stories/new-faculty-minjung-ryu/

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    3. The UIC hire is telling about the future of chemistry. There are no jobs doing chemistry any longer, consequently you sell post-modern fluff. Diversity in science-learning settings? It's all very nice but how can you teach chemistry if the kids graduate high school and still can't do 8th-grade algebra? But to construct construct identities of transnational students you don't need math. Problem solved.

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    4. @Anon May 9 12:59 PM:
      I'm sorry, that's just nonsense. This was specifically a Chemistry Education hire. This hiring season had ~500 positions, and I don't think I've seen even a single other "diversity" related one - they're all perfectly regular chemistry PI positions. I have plenty of criticism about academic hiring in chemistry, and I'm far from a fan of the current fixation on "diversity", but to take this one specific hire and claim "There are no jobs doing chemistry any longer" is bunk.

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    5. @ Anon May 9 12:59 PM: I meant to say that the recent hire at UIC used to be an industrial chemist who switched to Chem.Ed. after she settled in the US.

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    6. The Coast Guard Academy has sent out an offer that was rejected. (pretty competitive offer tho for a part time position)

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    7. @ Anon on 5/8 @ 9:50 who had the list of schools - when you say you have yet to hear from Thomas Jefferson University, do you mean you received no contact? I had an onsite there in March and they told me their goal was to be all wrapped up by mid-April. They were hiring 3 tenure lines. If you look at their Fall course schedule, 90% of their gen chem and orgo sections are listed as TBA - they need lots of bodies and were also looking for non-tenure.

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    8. Anon 9:50 here, I had applied back in January but never heard anything after that. They must have moved on without me. Thanks for posting though. Good luck.

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    9. Well, I might need some luck. I was probably brought in just because I didn't require travel expenses. I feel like something a little funny is going on there.

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  76. ^^ presuming that the only thing holding students back from being a scientist is a difficulty with algebra.

    Personally, I care more if a student can engage with core ideas and demonstrate that knowledge through science & engineering practices than this obsession with math as proxy for "rigor." Math is not and should not be the end-all-be-all of education in chemistry.

    Despite that priority, that doesn't mean we cannot and should not value research that addresses the issues of identity and culture; these are huge influences on the classroom, the curriculum, and educational policy.

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  77. Haverford just posted an open position for a 1-year visiting asst prof.

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  78. Any words from three Guelph positions?

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  79. Rejection from Colorado School of Mines

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  80. Rejection from Wisconsin Madison Food Chemistry

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  81. Rejection from UNLV that I applied to in 2017 (I believe they kept rolling over applications??)... I've been TT at another University now for almost a year lol

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