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Institution (parentheses for specific subfields mandated in ads)

Application Deadline:

Phone Interview Scheduled:

CAA Interview Scheduled:

Campus Visit Scheduled:

Offer Made:

Offer Accepted by ...



Brown University (Egyptology)

campus visits scheduled for mid Feb

Brown Un. (ancient art history)

Bryn Mawr College (Greek)

Request for recommendations and writing sample 11.30.07 (em) Interviews at AIA (1/08)

6 finalists invited to campus

Offered and accepted.

College of William and Mary (Roman)

Conducted interview at AIA
Job offer made & accepted. (2.15.08)

Fordham University (Greek/Roman/Late Antique)

Email request (received 12.17.07) for short writing sample, syllabi, and meeting at Lincoln Center Campus on 2.2.08 (update submitted by a candidate resident in NYC.) Email request for writing sample, syllabi, and interview at CAA (12.17.07)

Any word on whether campus interviews have been scheduled? (3.3.08)

I heard secondhand that someone was contacted for a campus interview, but I don't know exactly when it was or how contact was made. (3/3/08)

McMaster University (Greek)

APA interview notification (em) - 12.04.07 Campus visit notification (em) - 1.15.08 Offered and accepted.

Northwestern University/Kaplan Institute (tenured)

Northwestern University (Mellon Fellowship)

Conducted interviews at the APA (1/08) Rejection email (1/24/07)

Princeton University (tenured)

Reed College (one-year replacement)

Request for interview at CAA (1/29/08, email)

UC Berkeley/Nemea Center for Classical Archaeology (Greek)

Interviews at AIA (1/08)

UNC-Chapel Hill (Roman preferred)

University of Toronto (Greek; Assistant/Associate)

Request for unreceived recommendations; notification that the SC would meet "in the next few days" 11.21.07 (em) Committee wil meet on Wed., 1.23.08, to select finalists.

University of Toronto (Aegean Bronze Age; tenured)

Vanderbilt University (Roman; tenured)

Wellesley College


Middle Tennessee State University (Medieval and/or Renaissance)

1st round telephone interview requested: Oct. 30 2007

Request for on-campus interview: Dec. 10

UC Berkeley (Medieval)

Application Deadline: 15 November

Seem to have candidates giving talks on Jan 23-Feb 5th.

Offer made offer accepted

UCLA (Western Medieval)

Application Deadline: 15 November

On Campus Invitations Extended 12/4

Search cancelled because no suitable candidate found 2/7

You HAVE to be kidding. "Suitable" for what, exactly??

It's an unfortunate choice of words ('suitable,' I mean, since it implies that they could not find anyone who could teach western medieval art history to their standards...). But it's not necessarily the search committee that used that word, since anyone can post here. And if it's true that they couldn't find anyone 'suitable,' we should all do a collective eye-roll. :)


Indeed. As I said in a previous post, which subsequently disappeared, some of us medievalists were not surprised by the "no suitable candidate" result in this case.

I must have missed that one. Why was that? Were they looking for something specific?

Wow, another post bites the dust. Following the edit history on this thread can provide hours of entertainment--which should be good consolation to those who applied for this job.

Weird: the post about "scratching the surface" was just up, then disappeared. Anyhoo . . . yes, thanks for the confirmation; I do know what you're talking about. It's a shame, as the person in question is very smart.

UNC Chapel Hill (European Medieval/Early Modern, 1000-1700)

Application Deadline: 1 December

CAA interview scheduled by phone 1/15/08

Campus interviews scheduled 2/23/08

Offer Made 3/7/08 offer made to whom? (03/09) inappropriate question - this kind of information should remain confidential until after the offer is accepted.

Offer has been accepted by Paroma Chaterjee.


James Madison University (Medieval and Renaissance)

Application Deadline: 1 December

CAA Interview Scheduled: arranged by phone on 12.18.07

Phone call to schedule on-campus interviews (3.4.08).

Has an offer been made?

University of Virginia (Medieval)

Application Deadline: 9 January. Email request for CAA interview and reference letters (2.1.08).

Telephone call for CAA interview (2/6/08)

Have campus visits been scheduled? (2/28/08)

Phone call to schedule campus visits in 2nd and 3rd week of March (2/29/08).

Rejection letter received (dated March 6).

Offer made, and accepted (3/24/08)

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Ohio State University (Byzantine/Medieval)

Application Deadline: 14 January;

CAA interview notification sent by email (2.4.08)

Has anyone received a confirmation that their application has been received? (2/6/08) Yes CAA interview but no initial confirmation of receipt.

Rejection letter received by mail (2/15/08) x3

Campus visits scheduled (02/23/08)

Offer Made (03/14/08)

Offer turned down, no other offers expected to be made this year (3/26/08)

Did you get the above from a reliable source (ie: call / letter or other contact from the committee), or is it still in the rumor stage?

Yes, reliable source but not official and not on the committee.

State University of New York at New Paltz (Islamic and Medieval)

Application Deadline: 15 January

Acknowledged receipt of application via letter (1/11/08)

Any word on interviews at CAA or otherwise? (2/11/08). Not a word (2/12/08) x 5.

E-mail invitation for CAA interview (2/15/08) x 4

E-mail invitation for campus interview x 2

Can you say when the campus invitations went out?

California State University, Chico (Ancient Mediterranean or Medieval Art)

Application Deadline: 31 January
Email request to schedule phone interview for Feb. 4/5 with request for recommendations and teaching evaluations (2.1.08).
Phone request for campus visit (2.11.08).

Has anyone heard whether this search is going forward, or is another victim of CA budget cuts? (3/17/08)

It is my understanding that the Cal State system froze all their tt hiring system-wide the day after the budget cuts were announced.

Princeton University (Medieval Art and Architecture, Visiting Assistant Professor)

Application Deadline: 15 February

Drew University (Medieval / Islamic)

Application Deadline: 15 February Confirmation letter for receipt of application, noting: "We will be reviewing applications during the month of February." (2.12.08)

Has anyone else NOT heard anything from them? I applied in early January. (2/28/08)

nothing (2/28/08) x 2

They seem to be more on the ball with the Modernist search (see below)

Email (3.3.08) to schedule phone interviews for Friday, 3.7. (3/3/08) x 3.

Email to schedule on-campus visit (3/9/08).

Univ. of Wisconsin, Milwaukee (Medieval Art and Architecture)

Open position (assistant or associate), full-time, tenure-track Application deadline: ASAP; "screening of candidates begins April 18 and continues until position is filled."

This was just posted last week on CAA Careers. (3/31)


California State University, Long Beach (Islamic and either S. Asian or Medieval)

Receipt of application via e-mail (1/3/08); any updates (2.14.08)? Not a word (2/15/08).

Hmm. You may want to call HR and see if the search has been pulled. I applied for it last year, but it lost its funding. They changed the area of expertise this year, too.

This search, along with one for design history that they'd advertised, has been removed from their Website:

Yes, but that could be because they are no longer accepting applications - I have run into this with other universities to which I have applied this year, but the searches are still ongoing. Just give Human Resources a call and ask. If the search has been cancelled, they will know.

Search canceled due to budget cuts (per Art Department) (3/5/08)

Search cancellation letter received (3.14.08)

Brown University

1/2 Anyone heard anything about this?

yes: campus visits scheduled for mid Feb (22 January 2008)

Request for letters of support 2/15/08. Will not hold CAA interviews

A bit confused: how are they holding campus interviews and asking for letter of support at the same time?

Yes, confusing. Are they expanding the search? Pure speculation.

They are bringing in candidates from each of the three fields. That might be why there is some confusion references interviews (perhaps a different timetable for each field).

Smith (post-doc)

Has anyone been contacted for CAA interviews? (Their acknowledgement letter mentioned selecting candidates by end of January)

CAA Interview Scheduled:(received e-mail/ 1/31/08)

Has anyone heard from them re campus visits?

Campus visits scheduled for this week (3/10) at Smith.

Has anyone been contacted after the campus visit? (3/28/08)

Rutgers (Islamic history and/or Islamic art history)

Has anyone heard from them? (1/25/08)

not a word...(1/25/08)

Looks like campus visits have been scheduled: web site lists events that appear to be job talks.

Yes, two candidates--from MIT and UPenn

Please give weblink... (see two talks under Past Events)

Rejection letter received 3/20/08 on Department of History letterhead -- is it safe to assume the position went to an historian, not an art historian?

Based on what I've heard, the position has gone to an art historian.

Drew University (Medieval / Islamic)

Application Deadline: 15 February See above under "Medieval"

Email (3.3.08) to schedule phone interviews for Friday, 3.7.08. (3/3/08).

Email to schedule on-campus interviews (3/9/08).


UC - Irvine, Chinese and/or Korean art

Application Deadline: 1 November

Offer made.

UC - Santa Cruz, Assistant Professor, Asian Visual Culture

Application Deadline: 1 November

Has anyone heard from them?

Not a word (2/9)

Campus interviews scheduled for late Feb. early March

could you tell me when the campus visits were scheduled?

  • 2/14/08 - rejection letter via snailmail - ca. 75 applicants

UC - Santa Cruz, Associate Professor, Asian Visual Culture

Rec'd rejection letter prior to CAA. It said they were looking for someone whose work complemented that of their China specialist. Wish they had made this known in the job posting!

Ohio State University, South Asian art history

Campus interviews scheduled mid-March 2008.

any news? has an offer been made? (3/26/08)

search suspended; may be re-opened (and broadened) next year

they also apparently have stopped their medieval search, in that case after making an offer (see above) - any ideas about why no hires this year? Just not finding what they were looking for?

Colby College, Asian art history

Louisiana State University, Asian art history

Request for CAA interview by email (2/8/08)

Campus interview scheduled by email (3/3/08)

Roger Williams, Asian

Application Deadline: January 15

Contacted by email for CAA interview (2/17)

Any word post-CAA? x2 anyone heard? (3/19)

The dean is pushing the search committee to make a decision for campus interviews, but they seem to be having problems getting together for a meeting. RWU is usually a good month later than everyone else sending our campus invites. I recommend patience. (3/24)

Short list has been made - invites for campus interviews are forthcoming (4/1)

UNC Chapel Hill, East Asian

Application Deadline: 15 November Has anyone heard from them?

Does anyone have any info on this?

Offer has been accepted.

University of Chicago, Japanese

Campus interviews scheduled for early Feb

any news?

Offer made and accepted.

University of Toronto, Scarborough, Asian or Islamic Modern/Contemporary

Campus interviews in early Feb

University of St Thomas, East Asia or Americas

Request for CAA interview by phone (1/9/08) any word post-CAA? campus interview arranged by phone (March 3, 2008)

University of Washington-Seattle, Chinese Art

Application Deadline: 4 January

Has anyone heard from them? campus interviews were conducted in Feb. No rumors about offer yet? Offer has been made.

Institute of Fine Arts, NYU, Chinese Art

how could there be no information yet on here about this job. hello people! Its IFA! So, whats the scoop?

Four candidates shortlisted, job talks began 2/19

I doubt that folks in the running for this job are using the wiki

No, but students attending the job talks are.

Yes, but it isn't very cool to post names of other folks (and I have no idea who the candidates are)

Huh? What are you talking about?

Are all the campus interviews done now? any idea when an offer will be made?

Last one came and went. Dunno when they'll decide. There were 3 women and 1 man.

University of Hawaii, Manoa, South Asia/Southeast Asia

"Preliminary interview" at CAA


Princeton University

Campus visit scheduled for Jan. 17th

University of British Columbia - Okanagan


Alfred University (pref.given to Ren-Baroque)

App deadline: Jan 15, 2008

American University of Rome (Renaissance/Baroque)

First-round phone interviews held 12/13-12/14 (12/15/2007)

Invitation to submit references sent by e-mail, 12/16 (12/16/2007)

Campus visit invitation (12/19/07)

Campus visit scheduled 2/13/08

Offer made and accepted (3/18/08)

Augustana College (Renaissance)

Application Deadline: Dec. 7, 2007

Invitation by phone for campus interview in January (12/22/07)

Rejection letter received (1/14/08)

Offer made and accepted, though I wasn't told who took it (2/24/08)

Buffalo State College (Ren-Bar)

Application Deadline: Nov 1 2007

Letters of Recommendation Requested: Nov. 28

Request for telephone interview by both phone and e-mail (Jan. 25)

Have they scheduled on campus interviews yet?

I asked for a time frame after my phone interview - they basically did not tell me anything, just that there were more interviews the following week, then the deliberations, but no firm idea as to when campus interviews would take place. I figure they are waiting til after CAA.


Campus interview scheduled (2/21)

California State University (Early Modern/Latin American)

Application Deadline: Nov. 30, 2007

Acknowledged receipt of application via letter (11/26/07)

CalPoly San Luis Obispo (Renaissance/Baroque)

Application Deadline: Dec. 14, 2007

Request for missing letter: Jan. 6, 2008

Request for phone interview: Jan. 20, 2008

Request for campus interview: Jan. 29, 2008

What is the status of the search. Has it been canceled because of California budget cuts?

Clark University (Renaissance/Baroque)

Application Deadline: Nov. 20, 2007

Acknowledged receipt of application via letter (10/24/07)

Request for additional information and CAA interview via email (12/20/07)

Request for additional information and availability for potential CAA interview via email (12/20/07)

Request for a CAA interview via telephone (02/07/08) x 2

For those of you who interviewed with Clark: how did the interview go? Has anyone heard anything about campus interviews? Did they give a timeline for the search?

Haven't heard anything. I asked about a timeline. They said that they are on spring break this week (3/3) and would have campus visits after that. I can't remember quite how they worded it, but they said something like they would be giving people plenty of notice for campus visits.

Colgate (Art and Architecture, 15th to 18th centuries)

Application Deadline: Jan. 14, 2008

Acknowledged Receipt of app via letter: 1/17/08

Request for a CAA interview via email (02/07/08)

Has anyone heard something?

Duke University (Early Modern Art and/or Architecture of Southern Europe (1400-1750)

Application Deadline: Jan. 7, 2008

Acknowledged receipt of application via letter (11/7/07)

Request for CAA interview via letter: 22 January 2008

Has anyone heard anything about this position? Any idea when they plan to send out calls for campus visits?

Perhaps they can't decide, for the third search in a row!

They are fishing for a senior appointment.

This sounds right to me -- I kind of got that feeling during the interview.

Campus visits scheduled for next week (3/18)

James Madison University (Medieval and Renaissance)

Application Deadline: Dec. 1, 2007

Acknowledged Receipt of app via e-mail: 11/21/07

CAA Interview Scheduled: arranged by phone (12.18.07) x2

Any news? (3/4)

They called at least one Medievalist for a campus interview (see above under Medieval)

Has an offer been made?

Johns Hopkins (Italy, 1500-1700)

Application Deadline: Dec. 31, 2007

Any news on this one?

This is a continued search from last year for a senior appointment. I would be suprised if anyone on this wiki hears from them, though if you do, congrats. Dempsey's shoes are pretty big to fill.

As I understand it, they're looking for both a senior Northern person and a junior Italianist. I think the Northern search is done, but was wondering about the junior one.

Hmm - I only saw the listing for the senior position. They must be looking for an Italian baroque person, then, since Stephen Campbell is still there. Wish I had known about this - I didn't apply.

Reliable Source: Mitchell Merback was offered and accepted the senior northern position.

Kenyon College (Ren-Baroque, one year Sabat replacement)

Application deadline: Dec 14

Anyone know what's going on with this one?

Perhaps they're waiting until they know that the musical chairs with TT jobs has slowed down and that their remaining options would actually consider a one-year job?

I am wondering too. My guess is also that they are waiting.

Campus interview invitation (3/1/08)

Did anyone have a pre-campus interview?

Yes, they interviewed at CAA.

Kutztown University (Ren-Baroque)

Application deadline: Dec. 30, 2007

Request for CAA interview via email (01/30/08) (x4)

Did anyone else find this interview sort of entertaining? Nice people, iffy job (4/4, and 3/3 of that are survey sections-- eek), but. . . *too* honest? It seemed like at least one committee member was more interested in warning candidates off than in sucking them in.

I didn't get that feeling at all - we talked about how to manage that monster survey section, the future goals of the department, etc. That one committee member sat off in a corner in my interview, so I almost never made eye contact, and he made the cardinal error of asking a personal question about my family. He was having trouble with his back, and I suspect he is a curmudgeon by nature.

That must be the same committee member that I mean-- during my interview he was much more. . . participatory, and that must have shifted the vibe considerably.

I would discount him. There's one in every crowd, and we don't know what's motivating him. The poor fellow was in real pain when I interviewed, and since I have a slipped disc myself, I know what it's like. He probably spent the entire conference wishing he was home in his bathtub. Oh, and by the way, I think it's two sections of survey - the major and non-major sections (30 and 150 respectively), and they are completely renovating the facilities. You can't beat the area, either. At least we can afford to buy a house on an academic salary, and are an hour from Philly and not much more from NYC!

Does anyone remember when they were planning to make their decision for campus visits? I neglected to make a note. (They have just finished campus visits for the other position, so I would assume it will be soon) (3/3)

They are making calls right now; they will be able to invite 3 candidates (03/04)

Has anyone actually heard from them? (3/5)

I have not (I interv'd with them at CAA, FWIW). (3/5)

Phone call for campus interview (3/5) x 2

Drat. I really liked the committee, and would have been 45 minutes away from my children if I had gotten the job.

Middle Tennessee State University (Medieval and/or Renaissance)

1st round telephone interview requested: Oct. 30 2007

Request for on-campus interview: Dec. 10

Northwestern (Italian Renaissance/Early Modern)

Application Deadline: Nov. 1, 2007

Acknowledged receipt of application via e-mail (11/12/07)

Request for recs (11/12/07)

Campus visits in progress (Jan-Feb)

Oberlin College(Renaissance/Baroque)

Application Deadline: Jan. 7, 2008

Acknowledged receipt of application via letter (12/20/07)

Contacted to request missing letters (1/16/08)

CAA interview schedules via e-mail (2/10/08)

On-campus interview invitation extended (2/26/08)

Old Dominion(1400-1800)

Application Deadline: Jan. 15, 2008

Has anyone heard from these folks?

Not a word. (2-19)

Received call to set up an "informational meeting" at CAA (02/19/08) -- I'm assuming that this is actually an interview?

Did the meeting atually take place? I was en route on the 19th to CAA. Talk about last minute planning.

Yes: 3-3 teaching load, lots of survey, large classes, division 1 basketball. That sums up our discussion.

I received an e-mail response to my query about the search, and was told that they were still determining whom to interview. They didn't contact me for the info meeting, but she also didn't tell me I was out of the running. The women's basketball team has been a powerhouse for years.

Contacted for phone interview (Feb 27) (n.b. I was not one of those whom they had contacted earlier about 'informational meeting', for what it's worth, so the ball's still in the air, I suppose (har))

Eeew! As a longtime supporter of the Lady Vols (UT, Knoxville), I can't help but giggle at the pun. Maybe they found out my sordid past and will not consider me, due to my sports affiliations!

I got home this afternoon to find a mailing from ODU - thought it was my rejection letter, since people have already been contacted for interviews. Turns out it was my EOAA form, dated 2/25! Do you suppose they are calling as they work their way through the dossiers? (3/3)

Hey, thanks for posting that -- I didn't bother to open the envelope until I read your post, thinking it was a rejection! But it does seem like a pretty random search process, and they'd better hustle if they want to get anyone....


Apparently, they are setting up telephone interviews for this week (03/04).

Yes (perhaps my entry above was too easy to miss); Telephone interview arranged for 3-5-08 (they e-mailed on Feb 27) (but only received the EOAA form on 3-4-08)

Have you been invited for campus interviews? Anyone?

Nope-- on the phone, however, they mentioned that this is their spring break, and that they also have to wait for enough of the EOAA forms to make it back to whatever office so that the applicant pool is ok'd or something like that.


Reed College (Med., Ren., or Baroque, one year sabat. replacement)

Application Deadline: Jan. 7, 2008

Acknowledged receipt of application via letter (1/09/08)

CAA interview scheduled via e-mail (2/4/08)

so, how was it for you all? mine was a bit rocky.

Go to the "Universities to Fear" page and you will see two complaints about Reed in other departments. Not a good sign.

Rhode Island College (Ren./ Baroque)

Application Deadline: Feb. 8, 2008

Did anyone else out there apply for this one? Another HR application, so who knows how long it will take to hear from them. (3/2/08)

I also applied, and haven't heard anything.

Campus interview scheduled (03/06)x3

ORLY? They skipped the phone interviews?

That's not so uncommon with these types of schools. Campus interview complete (3/19). There are two more next week, and then the waiting game. They could not give me any real time line, due to the capriciousness of the President, who likes to OK appointments only when a stack has accumulated on his desk.

Salem State College (Renaissance)

Accepting applications until position filled

Changed to a one-year full time position. Change entails new search (11/26/07)

University of California Riverside (Renaissance Art and Architecture)

Application Deadline: Dec. 1, 2007

Video conference interview Jan. 11, 2008

Rejection letter received Jan. 22, 2008(x3)

University of California Irvine (European Art, 1400-1700)

Application Deadline: Nov. 1, 2007

CAA interview scheduled via phone (2/4/08)x4

I know it's probably early, given that UC is a state system, but has anyone heard anything? (3/3)

I was told that it would be about 2 weeks from the end of CAA, so it's likely a few days off still.


FYI out there: I heard that the Cal State system has frozen all their tenure track hires due to the latest budget cuts by Mr. Pumpin' Iron. I wrote Cecile Whiting, who told me that as far as they know, this will not affect the search for the Ren/Baroque position, and that they hope to make the final decision for campus visits very soon. (3/5)

Thanks for sharing this!

Cal State system, or U Cal system (2 different animals, AFAIK)?

It's Cal State not U Cal (see listing for CSU Dominguez Hills on this page), though I suppose hypothetically such problems could eventually spill over.

AACK! The waiting is killing me! Do you suppose they extended all the offers for campus visits to people who are not on the wiki? (3/12)

No news here either. Please don't make me work at Starbucks!

Starbucks has an excellent benefits package, however, from what I hear.

Yes, but the coffee is undrinkable.

Apparently they've made an offer to someone. Frankly, I can't really understand why they continued to say, even last week, that decisions about campus visits were imminent. Sorry, guys.

Where did you get your info (if it's not too sensitive)? If what you say is true, they made the offer without campus visits. There would not have been time to run them between CAA and now.

It is, unfortunately, from a reliable source. Usually I'm skeptical about the ubiquitous claims of "inside candidates," but I can't really think of an alternative explanation in this case.

Dammit. I don't like being treated this way. If on March 5th they had already decided who they were going to hire, they should have had the cojones to say so when I wrote them. There is no need to jerk people around like that. I am going to remember this when I am serving on search committees (assuming I get a job).

I second that. It's hard to fathom what the explanation could be. Best of luck to all of you.

They are hiring two Early Modernists, apparently, although they only advertised one position. So maybe not all hope is lost.

Now that is interesting, and actually it makes sense, since they lost two Early Modernists to retirement.

The two early modernists who retired shared one full-time position, however.

So where does that put us, then? I equate "very soon" with less than two weeks. I started doing campus visits two weeks ago - I could conceivably be getting an offer (though from a university to which I absolutely don't want to go) before I ever even hear from them. (3/18)

I would assume that it's all over for this one. Clearly they didn't follow through on their rather specific timeline, and so personally I don't think any of us should expect to get a call at this point.

I think you're right. I didn't do my best interview with them anyway. Still, it will be interesting to see who they hire.

So, has anyone heard anything? Was the second search a myth, or are they really hiring two people? (4/1)

University of Chicago (Early Modern)

Application Deadline: review of applications began Oct. 25, 2007

Acknowledged receipt of application via letter (11/13/07)

Acknowledged receipt of application via letter (11/27/07)

Campus visit invitation 12/11

University of Memphis (Renaissance and Baroque)

Application Deadline: Jan. 11, 2008

Acknowledgment of receipt of Application: Jan. 10, 2008

Search committee to begin review of materials next week (1/11/2008)

Will not interview at CAA - phone interviews after short list has been determined (2/1/08)

Phone interviews scheduled for 2/14 and 2/15 by e-mail (2/8/08) x2

Telephone invitation for campus visit pending administrative approval. (2/27)

Campus interview scheduled (3/13)

University of Minnesota (Early Modern/Latin American)

Application Deadline: Dec. 1, 2007

Acknowledged receipt of application via letter (10/25/07)

Rejection letter received 12/30/2007

Campus interviews scheduled.

UNC Chapel Hill (European Medieval/Early Modern, 1000-1700)

Application Deadline: 1 December

CAA interview scheduled by phone 1/15/08

Any idea how many they're interviewing at CAA?

No, but it is usually in the 10 to 12 range (2/13/08)

See above in Medieval section..... seems campus visits have been scheduled.

An offer was made to a medievalist

Offer made and accepted (Paroma Chaterjee) (3/30/08)

University of St. Thomas

Application Deadline: Dec. 10, 2007

Acknowledged receipt of application via e-mail (11/5/07)

Request for CAA interview by phone (1/9/08) x2

Any post-CAA follow-up?

Request for campus visit via phone (3/3/2008)

University of Texas at Austin (2-yr replacement)

CAA interviews scheduled via e-mail (2/14/2008)

anyone heard back about campus visits?

University of Texas at Dallas (1400-1800)

Application Deadline, Nov. 15, 2007

Requested (missing) letters: 12/13/07

Request for CAA interview by email (1/25/08)x4

In interview, did anyone get an idea about their timeline? Forgot to ask. . .

They told me that they have a faculty meeting on Friday. What was your sense of the interview?

They seemed like very nice folk-- quite down to earth and chatty (for my interview, at least, a couple of the committee were out ill/ in surgery, and the doc student who was present was feeling ill as well). Seemed that they'd actually read the applications very carefully. Sounded like an interesting . . . not-department.

Decisions on campus visits will be made after their spring break (week of 3/17). (per email 3/5/08)

Friendly rejection letter via e-mail; an offer has been made to a candidate (3-31).

Offer accepted.

Vassar (Italian Art, 1400-1700)

Application Deadline: Dec. 3, 2007

Acknowledged receipt of application via e-mail (11/28/07)

CAA Interview Scheduled: via e-mail (12/16/07)

Invitation for on campus interview (02/26/08)

Western Ontario (Renaissance/Baroque)

Deadline: Feb. 15, 2008

Acknowledged receipt of application via e-mail (1/30/08)

Rejection e-mail (2/25/07)x 3

Willamette University (Renaissance/Baroque/18th C)

Application Deadline: Oct. 31, 2007

Acknowledged receipt of application via letter (12/4/07)

E-mail request for phone interview (12/3/07)

Rejection letter received (12/6/07)x3

Campus visit invitation (12/19/07)

Rejection letter received after phone interview (12/27/07)

Anybody ever hear what happened with this one? I thought I gave a good phone interview with them, but didn't make the cut. (3/2/08)

I haven't heard anything, but consider yourself lucky. Salem is a terrible place, populated mostly by state bureaucrats and meth addicts.

LOL. I wasn't too keen on moving 3000 miles across country anyway, especially when a friend told me that the school's name rhymed with Goddammit.

Campus visits late Jan. and early Feb. Offer made and accepted.

Do we know who got this one? Nice part of the country. Great wine and beer.

Yale University (Early Modern Europe or Iberian New World, )

Application Deadline: Jan. 15, 2008

CAA interview scheduled via e-mail (Feb. 4)

intimidating CAA interview.

On-campus interviews beginning in the first week of March (Q: is this information you received after being invited for an interview?)

I think this may be one of those occasional insider contributions to this page (something that, frankly, I wish more institutions would do)--but please do correct me if I'm wrong and you have actually heard some news.

You would actually want an institution to read some of the contributions that have been made to this wiki in the last week?!

Ha ha. No, but anything that makes this process less opaque is fine by me.

Yes, campus visits beginning in first week of March and continuing through first week of April.


Has time stopped in the land of Americanists? No news in over a month?

Hope this helps!

University of Minnesota

  • Rejection letter received (1/11/08)
  • CAA interview scheduled (2)
  • Campus interviews conducted (3/28/08)

U California Riverside

  • Video-conference interview scheduled (1/11/08) x 2
  • Campus interviews conducted (3/28/08)
  • Offered and accepted (4.1.08)

Syracuse U

  • CAA interview scheduled (2/8) x2
  • Any word on this one?

Towson University

  • Telephone interview scheduled (2/6)
  • Telephone interview conducted (2/13)

Utah State

Modern with American specialization

  • CAA interview scheduled x2
  • Campus visit scheduled 2/28

U Chicago Postdoc

  • CAA interview scheduled (email) 2/5

Bowdoin College

1 year, visiting in American art

  • CAA interview scheduled (email) 2/8
  • Rejection received, sometime in March


Auburn University

CAA interview requested 2/16/08

CAA interviews complete.

Has anyone heard from them?

Not yet. I recall that the head of the search committee told me at my interview that they would be "moving quickly" with the next steps. I hope this isn't a bad sign.

Bradley University

Had an interview at CAA but then nothing since. Anyone heard anything?

California College of the Arts

Interview scheduled 2/1/08

CAA interviews complete said they had local interviews to finish

Calls for campus visits are going out 3/6/08

Did anyone actually get a call for a campus interview?

Central Michigan University

did anyone actually apply to this position?

yes, not a peep from them. 2/25

Received a campus visit invite (2/27) via email with no CAA or phone interview. Bizarre. Does anyone know anything about this place?

I have a friend who is in the first year of a tenure-track appointment there. This person's interview was handled in the same way. My friend is quite pleased with the position there.

It is in the middle of nowhere; perhaps there weren't many applicants?

Take a good look at who is teaching there right now, especially VAP's. I had the same situation with another university, and it turned out to be a pro forma campus visit to satisfy the administration - ie. inside candidate. But being inside doesn't guarantee anything - go out there and show them your stuff, and don't worry about the way they managed the search. :)

Thanks everybody for your feedback!

Colgate (2-year temporary)

Interview scheduled at CAA 2/7 X 2

College of St. Catherine (St.Kate's) St.Paul MN

request to answer questionaire/interview by email 2/29

Columbia University

does anyone know where this one stands? I've not heard a thing.

Good question, I've not heard a word. I don't think they were at CAA.

Campus visits end of Feb./March

Not a peep; is it over? 3/27

Courtauld Institute

CSU, Chico

Contacted 2/1 for references and phone interview

Phone interview conducted 2/5

Campus interview requested 2/12

CUNY, Baruch College

Are in process of reviewing applications 2/22

On-campus interview scheduled 2/24

Wow, that was fast....

Can anyone say "bogus search" or "internal candidate?"

Why are you assuming the above?

Drew University

phone interview scheduled 2/8

on-campus interview scheduled 2/24

George Washington University

Interview scheduled for CAA

CAA interviews complete. Did anyone get the impression of some strange departmental politics amongst the search committee members? And what's up with not asking for writing samples or taking teaching portfolios?

same impressions

That's an astute observation. I thought it was just me.

mm, yes. maybe so; but I still want the job. I wonder if they decided whether they want Latin American or European. heads or tails?

Campus visit scheduled 2/26

so, how many campus visits are there, then?

Really uninspired set of interview questions.


CAA visit scheduled 1/25

campus visits being scheduled, 2/26

Humboldt State University

caa interview scheduled 2/14

Hunter College of the City of New York

Request for recommendation letters (2/15)

Anyone heard anything?

Illinois State University

They are looking for a Contemporary person with a focus on Visual Culture - I dropped off my application materials at CAA and had a 45 minute talk with the interviewer - I think it was a preliminary screening (2/25/08)

phone interview scheduled 3/3/08

Had phone interview last week. Waiting to hear if there will be a campus visit. Anyone heard about campus visits yet?


Campus interview requested (3/21/08

Kalamazoo College

CAA interview scheduled 2/13

CAA interviews complete.

Kutztown University (Contemporary)

Received offer to ask questions about the position by phone (1/11) Received offer for campus interview (1/24)

  • Two on campus interviews scheduled (2/25)

Completed on-campus interview. Was told they would make a decision by the end of the third week of March.

Has anyone been offered the job?

The offer seems to have been made and accepted, heard from a friend at the University.

Lake Forest College

Acknowledged receipt of application by letter 1/25

CAA interview scheduled 2/7 (x2)

Had a short interview on campus instead of Dallas (3/1/08)

Anyone been invited for a campus interview (the second one) yet? Thought I would have heard by now and am taking this as a bad sign. Really wanted this one and would like to know if it still is an option at all. 3/16/08

I recall from my CAA interview that they were going to make their campus invites after their spring break (which was last week) so don't lose hope just yet.

Thanks. I thought they had said they would be organizing those before their spring break. Guess one does need to be patient with this process.

Also have not heard anything from them after first interview, so by the sound of it, they may simply be taking a little longer than expected. (3/19/08)

Has anyone been invited to campus yet?

Long Island University

not a peep from them. and did not see anyone at CAA? have they decided against having an art historian?

I have also heard nothing. (x 2)


received acknowledgement of application materials

CAA interview scheduled 2/1

CAA interviews complete (they were extremely nice and showed a surprising level of interest in my research.)

any news?

MIT (18th/19th c. Europe)

Request for rec letters and writing samples (12/19)

On-campus interview invitation (2/8)

Rejection letter (3/14)

Thoughtful rejection letter, I felt -- they went out of their way to make you feel OK about it. (That's not always the case!)

On campus interviews completed last week (3/18) -- has an offer gone out?

Still waiting, but they may well have made an offer to someone else! (3/26)

Muhlenberg College

Spoke to someone with an interview here (1/25)

So quiet- Has anyone heard from them since CAA?

No word from them since Dallas, and getting a bit worried. They said in Dallas that they were going to move on this quickly. (3/19/08)

Any more news on this one?

NYU (18th/19th C.)

Acknowledged receipt of application with letter (12/3)

CAA interview scheduled 2/5

Rejection letter received 2/15

On-campus interview scheduled

Oakland University

CAA interview scheduled 1/30

Did anyone else interview with them?

Ohio University

Phone Interview scheduled 1/24

Rejection letter received 3/4

(Still waiting, may I ask if the rejection came via email or post?) anyone know about campus visits?

campus visits scheduled

Oregon, Eugene

Letter ackn. app. receipt with EEOC card, 1/28.

Phone call to schedule CAA interview, 2/5. x 2

No word yet on this position? I know that they are not having candidates come to campus until April, but I got the sense that they would be extending invitations soon after CAA.

No word here, but it's not even been a full week since CAA. I think it's too early to stress yet, 2/28.

Thanks for the reassurance. I was once told by a professor in grad school that if you didn't hear from a committee by the Tuesday after CAA, you can assume that they've moved on without you. Which I thought was a little odd, but he had that tone of authority.

In response to that last comment ("Tuesday after CAA"), I have heard from someone with an authoritative tone (the guy running the "Job Hunt 101" workshop at the CAA this year) that it can take 4-5 weeks, especially at state schools to hear from them. It can take 2 weeks for the full committee to meet, then names have to be approved by the Dean, then the Affirmative Action office, then money has to be found to bring the candidates in--and spring break can add another week of delays. One interviewer at CAA (not this job) basically told me it would take about a month before anyone on their short list would be contacted. Keep your chin up. These things take time.

Great info -- clearly I should have gone to that panel!

I second the above info. I presently teach at a large state university and have served on several search committees. The amount of red tape involved in even being able to profer an invitation for a campus interview is astonishing. It can easily take over a week for paperwork to move through the system because everything needs to meet the approval of numerous offices: Deans, social equity, budget, etc. It really is quite a production. Do not despair yet...

I second the previous statement. I have taught (and served on search committees) at both a large public research university and a top tier private research university, and sometimes the process moves slowly even at the latter.

So...has anyone been invited to campus yet?

No, sadly, I haven't heard from them. (Same here).

Still no word? (4/1)

University of Pennsylvania (19th C.)

Acknowledged receipt of application with letter (12/3)

CAA interview scheduled (2/5)

On-campus interview invitation (2/28) x3

Princeton University (19th C.)

Request for writing sample and CAA interview 1/30

On-campus interview invitation (2/27)

Heard through the grapevine (reliable) that this has been offered and accepted as of 3/20.

Purdue University

Letter of materials received end of December/ beginning of January.

Interview scheduled for CAA

Reject letter stating that the search was complete.

Queens College, CUNY

whats going on with this position?

They are reviewing apps in March.

I just got an email (3/11) requesting an update on my status with regards to defending and finishing the degree. So they seem to be going through their records now. (x2)

I heard from a reliable source that they have invited candidates to give presentations...

Queen's University, Canada (Europe 1800-1950)

On-campus interview scheduled (2/15)

On-campus interviews will be completed wk of 3/24.


CAA interview request (2/1)

CAA interviews complete (they mentioned they have some phone interviews remaining)

okay fellow RISD interviees (there are likely 10-15 of us), when did they say they would be getting their short-list together? Do i remember correctly that they were going to wait until after their spring break?

not sure . . .

there are actually 25 of you!

That's a lot. I never heard back after my application to this job. Is it because I do postwar--not a contemporary enough research background? I've been teaching contemporary art for five years in museums and universities.

If you taught contemporary art already, I suspect it was something else. I'm guessing they were flooded with applications, making the spot quite competitive. I'm also guessing the magic combination was unique research agenda + solid teaching portfolio + course offerings relevant to their practice-oriented programs + personality suited to working with studio artists. RISD is really a great place to be an art historian, if you respond well to a studio-oriented environment.

calls for campus visits have gone out, yes? anyone know how many finalists?

Stern College for Women, Yeshiva U.

Acknowledged receipt of application via e-mail, Dec 14

Interview scheduled for CAA, January 22

Polite e-mail rejection, February 8

E-mail rejection, February 10

Campus visits being scheduled, 2/28

St. Joseph's University

Has anyone heard anything from SJU?

See below under the General heading. They are very quiet. (2/27)

Texas A&M (asst/asso modern)

  • Jan. 18 - phone interview scheduled

itching to know what sort of candidates they have chosen. whats the 411 here, people?

Texas Christian University (18th - early 20th c Europe)

Does anyone know what happened to this job listing? It's been pulled from CAA and is not listed as an open position on their university web page.

Still active; applications due 2/1

Never mind, received my EEOC form last week.

CAA interview scheduled 2/5

Campus interview scheduled 2/25

Texas Tech (18th/19th c. Europe)

Texas Tech (History, Theory, Criticism 20th/21st)

what does anyone know about this position and the university in general?

I know they've been looking for someone for at least 2 years because they asked me to apply both times--I couldn't because I'm not able to move to Texas. They seem to be having a hard time finding people willing to move there--and not much going for the location (correct me if I'm wrong).

Trinity University

Acknowledged receipt of application. Shortlist applicants will be contacted at the end of January.

Contacted for CAA interview on 2/4

CAA interview complete

Campus interview scheduled 2/28

ahh, i've not been short-listed then. pity. I suspect I did a poor job convincing them I belong at a small liberal arts college. . .

so . . . general question to all the wiki readers out there. when all is said and done, how do we find out who won the spots that we were rejected for? AFter all this work, I'm itching to know what decisions these committees make, in the end . . .

In rare cases, committees will announce the name of their new hire in the rejection letters (!) they send to all the other applicants at the very end of the process. Otherwise, the only way you can find out is through word of mouth; they typically don't add the person to their website until the beginning of the new semester.

See long discussion above under University of Virginia, Medieval, on whether or not to post names of candidates who have accepted offers, as was done last year on this blog.

Tulane University (19th c. Europe)

CAA interview scheduled 2/4 CAA interview scheduled 2/5 On-Campus Interview scheduled 2/26

Ursinus College

request for CAA interview (via email) 2/8

Are there other folks out there in job-candidate-land waiting to hear about campus visits from UC?

  • I'm waiting to hear. I put in a last minute application that arrived on the due date. I got a confirmation that it arrived and was asked if I'd be at CAA (unfortunately, no). That's the last I heard. Dying to find out anything.

It's me, the former post-er again. I interviewed with UC at CAA and I recall them mentioning that they'd done some phone interviews but I do not recall whether they were intending to do more. Any other info, anyone?

Me again. Contacted about a campus visit (2/29).

University of Colorado

phone interview scheduled (1/29) had phone interview. (2/8)

did anyone have CAA interviews for them? have they selected a short list yet?

Campus visit invitation, Friday, 2/22.

damn it, i really wanted this one, too . . . best of luck to you guys.

Any update?

University of Houston Clear Lake

Campus interviews scheduled early January

Phone interview in November, last-minute CAA interview

I have transferred all the blather over to the Venting Page, where it belongs. That way all of you out there can rant to your hearts' content.

University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

Campus visits scheduled early February

does anyone know what happened to last year's search in the same area?

I heard they couldn't land their top candidate(s).

What's going on with this? Have they made a hire?

University of New Orleans

Did anyone apply?

CAA interview complete

Campus invitation 3/12

University of Texas Arlington (20th C.)

CAA interview schedule (1/29)

CAA interviews complete

I really enjoyed my interview with them--I liked seeing a SC that had so many areas of studio represented (in addition to art history)....

campus visits are being scheduled 2/26

University of Vermont (19th C.)

CAA interview scheduled 1/30

On campus visit scheduled 2/28

University of Vermont (20th C.)

CAA interview scheduled 1/29

CAA interview conducted -- a very professional, friendly, and engaging search committee (2/24)

On-campus interview scheduled (3/4)

Wake Forest

CAA interview scheduled (1/24/08)

CAA interview complete

any ideas on what the department is looking for? disappointed that I didn't have an interview....

Offer made.

Offer accepted.

Whitman College

all quiet on the western front. . .

CAA interview complete

Any campus visits scheduled yet?

The only thing I've heard since CAA was an email request for syllabi, so that my application would have the same components of the other candidates as the search committee prepared to make a recommendation for bringing people to campus. This was a few weeks ago, so early March.

Campus interviews for the three candidates have been scheduled for March 24-31

Yale (European or Latin American art from 1890-1960)

CAA interview scheduled 2/11.

had challenging interview at CAA. a methodological motley crew for a committee!

really? that is surprising. I had heard there were only two on this committee . . .

My interview went just fine; no problems or challenges. Mind you, I could tell that one of them got what I was talking about and that the other was occasionally clueless about the issues I deal with in my research. Only 2 on the committee, you say...

Calls have gone out for campus interviews (2.29.08)

oh gosh, i'm dying to know which of the two it was, as you put it, "occasionally clueless." Dont answer that on here, of course. But do tell me over a beer when you are in town for a campus visit. . . (written by grad student at Yale, not a search member, in case you were wondering)

Wouldn't we all love to know! But candidates really need to avoid the temptation to badmouth their prospective colleagues (and the grad students' advisers) during any portion of their campus interviews. It's bad form. (written by someone not involved in this search)

I thought it was called "Feedback."

oh, well none of them would be my advisor, but of course you are right. the above post was not really serious. I wish the incoming campus interviewees much success here in New Haven.

York University (Late 18th to Early 20th C.)

Invitation for campus interview 2/6

Rejection letter received 3/14


Maryland Institute College of Art (Architectural History, Modern and Contemporary)

Application Deadline: January 17

Email request for CAA interview 1/30

Any news?

Heard there were invites for campus interview...

Roger Williams (Art and Architectural History, Visiting Professor)

Application Deadline: January 15

Any campus visits scheduled yet? (3/5/08)

This was for a distinguished visiting professor - I doubt there will be campus visits.

Pennsylvania State University (Architectural History, 15th-18th century)

Application deadline: February 6

Request for CAA interview: mid February Invitation for campus visit: late February

Brandeis University (Architecture 1800-present)

Application deadline: Jan. 15

Email request for CAA interview 2/4

Any update on who they might have hired?

San Jose State University, School of Art & Design (Architecture Modern/Contemporary)

Application deadline: Nov 1

Email request for phone interview Feb 16

Email request for on campus interview Feb 26

Northeastern University (School of Architecture)

Application Deadline Jan 15

A friend of mine teaches there and was on the interview committee. Said it was very much about "fit"--who has the specific background and experience they need.

Have they initiated on campus interviews?

yes, campus interview complete (2/27)



Application deadline: December 1, 2007

Phone interview in mid January followed by requests for syllabi and recommendations but have not heard anything since end of January

Invited for campus visit in late march/early april

University of Arizona

Application review begins January 7, 2008

CAA interview complete

did anyone else on the wiki ever receive an acknowledgement of application--or a rejection--for this job? i never heard a peep from them (and still haven't).

Scheduled campus visit for early April


UC Davis

Columbia College (Chicago)

Acknowledged app receipt by letter, 1/11

Kendall College of Art and Design

Anyone know anything about the two positions there?

They had some campus visits in early February and also interviewed at CAA.

School of the Art Institute Chicago (Fashion History)

Acknowledged application by letter. Anyone else here on the wiki apply for this? Whoo hoo! Scheduled the phone interview. 2/12/08

Scheduled campus visit by email.


Ball State University

App deadline: ongoing (extended search from last year?)

It is - I was told they didn't find a compatible candidate last year - Ball State is looking for two hires (one as a Contemporary person and the other as a Modern/Contemporary/Americanist) - I had an interview at CAA and was told that they will be making a decision in the next few weeks (2/25/08)

A close friend interviewed for this last year. Pretty heavy teaching requirements, as I understand, but pleasant faculty.

Anyone else apply/interview/hear anything? (2/28)

All I know is from my close friend from a year ago; teaching load is tough, and the musicians, who control the department, are hard on artists/art historians.

Good to know - thanks.

Berea College (western generalist)

App Deadline: Dec. 15

Acknowledged receipt of application via e-mail (12/15/07)

Email invite for interview at CAA (2/5/08)

Invitation for campus interview (3/08)

Beware! *Dry county*!

That's OK honey, if you don't mind drinking PGA, you'll have no problems.(Anyway, it's just over the border from Tennessee - you can bootleg in anything you need.) And by the way - Berea College has a history of really fine arts, and crafts. They started as a college to educate the local poor, and have all sorts of wonderful opportunities for artist/students. There is a fabulous local theater there as well, and the Appalachian scenery is gorgeous. It is not a place for someone who needs the stimulation of a metropolitan area, but you might be the type who would consider it a dry paradise, especially if you like to hike or camp. This is not from a Berea IP address, but from someone who lived for 20 years about an hour and a half south of the town.

You're right, beautiful college and very progressive community. Three candidate interviews complete (3/28/08)

Berklee College of Music

Application Deadline: 30 November

Acknowledged receipt of application via e-mail (11/28/07)

Rejection letter via e-mail (1/25/08) x11

Are they rejecting as they read through the pile? I still haven't heard anything.... (2/24/08)

Kind of looks like it. The number of rejections has been gradually rising (from 6 to 11) over the last month or so.

rejection email was very bland and brief. They are focusing on "candidates whose area of expertise better matches their current curricular needs." But . . . do they even know what they are looking for? I'm not convinced they do.

A friend of mine was offered the job last year - it is a 4/4 generalist position. Most of the people teaching there outside the music field are part timers with jobs at other local universities. You would be the work horse of the program, and I figure they are looking for someone who can't leave the Boston area, so they won't have to do the search again in a couple of year.

Gosh. Well, maybe they shouldnt be so cheap and start hiring more full time faculty. Either that or just stop offering liberal arts classes at all. I mean, if your standards are so low that you actually think anyone can teach 4/4 across an entire discipline without seriously sacrificing teaching quality, what business do you have pretending to offer any kind of decent college education. Berkelee: Yet another school contributing to the casualization of academic labor and making it hard for young academics to survive (without being independenty wealthy or attached to a more prolific spouse.) Shame, shame, shame.

Welcome to the new academe - at least in the humanities. I've lost count of how many jobs I applied for that want a 4/4 load with huge enrollment caps and a low salary. It's a buyer's market out there right now.

Indeed, welcome to modern academe. Most of us will not find jobs in anyway like those in departments we were trained in (believe me, I've been trying, and carrying either a 4/4 or 3/3 all along.) And, Berklee is a Music school after all.

I'd give up the 2/2 and high ambitions for a research agenda, if I could just teach in a place I actually want to live. But you can't put that sort of thing in a cover letter, can you . . .

I agree with all the above! I interviewed with Berklee at CAA (I do live in the Boston area) and they were very nice and interesting, but I was shocked when I found out it was 4/4, 40 students per class. That said, I would still take the job in order to be able to teach at all, since as you all described it is a buyer's market.

I don't think there is such a thing as a true 2/2 schedule anymore, unless you manage to pull a stint at an ivy institution (where you are almost guaranteed not to get tenure unless you are a mid-level scholar, anyway). The best schools I have had interviews with are the big state schools with a 3/2. I was all excited about the one 2/2 position I applied for this year, only to discover that there were no caps on the courses, that 3 of the classes per year would be intro surveys, and to expect between 100 and 150 students per class (with no TA's). So that's 200-250 students per semester to your 160 at Berklee. Its hard to believe that it could get worse, but it does. (Wayne State advertised a Generalist position this year with a 5/5 load, and they aren't even a community college!)

You can get lucky outside the Ivies, though. I taught (as a visitor) at a small liberal arts college and at a big state school and had a genuine 2/2 schedule at both places (with caps on class size in both places and a TA at the latter). So don't give up hope!

Yes, I wouldn't be so quick to imagine that the only 2/2 loads to be had are at the ivies -- I teach at one of the research centers in the SUNY system and we have a genuine 2/2 load (one grad seminar, one undergrad lecture) AND a pretty fair and transparent tenure process! It *can* be done, but sometimes it's necessary to sacrifice geography...

Thanks for the words of hope. How refreshing!

Has anyone gotten called for a campus visit?

Campus visit scheduled 3/31

California State University, Dominguez Hills

Application Deadline: 14 December

EEO card rec'd (12/28/07)

Has anyone heard further?

On-campus interview invite (1/30/08)

All tenure-track hiring put on hold due to state budget cuts (3/3/08)

Oh, man, that stinks. Is it just the Cal State system, or the U of Cal as well?

Rejection letter received 3/26

College of Saint Benedict

Columbus State University (non-Western)

emailed about caa meeting: 2/19

Gordon College

any news?

Keene State College

Application Deadline: ongoing

CAA interview scheduled 2/15 (x3)

What nice people - I wasn't happy about having my interview moved, because it meant I couldn't visit any of the Dallas museums, but they were really fine folks, and that made up for the inconvenience. If I have to work my a-- off, I hope it will be with colleagues like them (2/27)

why, what is the teaching load at Keene State?

I can't remember if it is a 3/3 or a 4/4, but you are also responsible for coordinating and hiring the adjuncts and maintaining the visual resources collection. 1 person department.

also you will have to live in Keene, NH, and that is something to take into serious consideration.

They just recently switched to a 3/3.

A friend told me Keene is a beautiful place, and with the distances so short in New England, you really are not that far from "civilization." (ie. cities like Portland and Boston).

Campus invite extended (3/17).

Rejection letter received (3/28)x2

Lehigh University

Application Deadline: 15 November

E-mail request for additional materials (11/19/2007)

Committeee will not meet again until after holidays to choose candidates for CAA interviews, two-day campus interviews to take place in March (via e-mail, 12/18/07)

Request for CAA interview via e-mail (1/9/08)

Request for CAA interview via e-mail (1/29/08) - Never give up hope!

Rejection letter received (2/2/08) x 11

Maybe this is just me, but did anyone else who interviewed with them at CAA come away with a bad taste in their mouth? Courses with no caps, and as many as 200-250 students a semester without TA's? What a disappointment. Plus, a distinct hostility towards art historians. They mostly lectured me, and regularly interrupted me to tell me I wasn't what they wanted. Pooh.

god, how horrible. talk about bad manners. if they didn't want you, but still interviewed you at CAA, then they must not be reading their application materials carefully enough.

Well, I got my invite three weeks after everyone else. I wonder if they were just padding the schedule to make the search look good for the provost. They said they still had interviews to conduct after CAA, so it's beginning to look like a cattle call.

Maybe the post-CAA interview are for people who couldn't make it to Dallas. I think there was some delay in getting thru the original applications b/c one of the faculty members became severely ill and was hospitalized.

Well, that certainly would explain the lag time in notification. And I was of the impression that the interviews after CAA were essentially part of that same cohort. But I am still pretty disappointed with the number of students in each class, the fact that they do not offer 300-level classes, and that they have no plans to expand the art history faculty any further in the foreseeable future.

Here is some additional info... Lehigh received approx. 200 applications. Specialties, as you might imagine for a generalist position, were all over the map. The teaching questions I was asked at the CAA interview seemed tailored for someone with a good deal of experience in a department, i.e. an assistant professor, not a new Ph.D. -- this seemed to be the profile they targeted in their posting also. As I understand it, they do want to expand the art history faculty, but obviously there is no line available at the moment.

I am just going by what they told me in the CAA interview. Even though I have several years of full-time teaching experience, I felt as though they were trying to run me off.

Received a call for a campus interview after a positive CAA interview in Dallas (3/1/08). In Dallas, they definitely expressed an interest in adding additional positions, and it seemed clear that this year's hire was going to be put in the role of building up the department.

That is so weird - there must have been something about me that didn't sit well with them. And I had four other extremely positive interviews.

Request for a campus interview via email (03/13)

Lynchburg College

App. deadline: Jan 18 2008

Rejection letter by mail: Feb 2 2008 x2

Misericordia University

Application Deadline: Dec. 17

CAA interview scheduled 2/15/08

Polite rejection letter received 3/14

North Central College

CAA interview request sent (EM) Feb 15.

Has anyone heard from them?

Nothing from them, but I saw on one of the job listing boards that the deadline was extended to 1/18/08.

CAA interview complete

Northeastern Illinois University (non-Western)

Phone interview scheduled for 1/31/08

Congrats - when did you hear from them?

thank you. i received an email on tuesday (1/22/08)

Campus Visit scheduled via email 2/5

Campus visit invitation 2/1

Well...good luck to both of us!

Yes, good luck to both of us! :-) Please post if you hear anything.

ADVICE: I interviewed on campus for this position in the past--a few years ago. They have a lot of bureaucratic strings to pull, so be sure to stay in active touch with them post-campus-interview. It takes a long time for them to get back to you and their silence can be misinterpreted as rejection.


St. Joseph's University (PA)

Application Deadline: January 15, 2008

Acknowledged receipt of electronic application via e-mail (1/15/08)

Does anyone know anything about this?

I haven't heard a word. (2/17)

I broke down and wrote the department head, who responded almost immediately that he was forwarding my e-mail to the head of the search committee. It's only been 24 hours, but I have not heard anything from her. (2/27)

I have heard that the search is ongoing and that the committee has yet to deliberate. But likewise, I have heard nothing directly from the search committee. I sometimes wonder about positions that require an online application as part of the process -- it seems as if I am sending my materials into the netherworld and I am always concerned about whether they will get to the proper person. (2/28)

Agreed. She still has not e-mailed me with any information. My present position was searched with a similar process. I had completely forgotten I had even applied by the time they finally called me - no preliminary interview, just "Can you come next week?" It was the latter part of June by the time I finally got my contract. I hope to be long gone, if St. Joseph's is planning to keep the same schedule. Too bad - it looks like a beautiful campus. (2/28)

Invitation for campus interview. (2/29)

Well how about that! Did they give you any information about the teaching load, etc.? Congrats!

Didn't they have a search last year? How did that end?

I think they did another search prior to last year too. Just fishing-- as this year's posting (which was vague) seemed to indicate as well. I am surprised they moved forward with a campus interview--- Congratulations! The chair is a quality person. I have no idea what the teaching load will be, but the campus is very well-located and the college is expanding all the time.

Southern Methodist University (Open Field, "Technologies of Visual Communication")

Application deadline: January 10, 2008

Has anyone heard anything about this one? (2/1/08)

All quiet on this one; have heard nothing as yet (2/3/08)

CAA interview requested 2/5

Methinks I dodged a bullet by NOT getting an interview for this one!

Can I ask why you say that? (as one with an interview, is there something I should know?)

Ooh, ooh, over here! Pick me! May *I* take that bullet, pretty please?

Ok, guys - as an obsessive three-times-a-day visitor to this wiki, I want to know the scuttlebutt. I didn't even apply for this job because it sounded so wierd, but my gossipy side is dying to know what is going on. You should read the EM history wiki - they are practically dating on-line at this point! But if you don't want to talk about it here, you can always go to the "Schools to fear" page and report your experience.

Hmm - well, read the ad to begin sounds like (a) it is written for a specific person or (b) it is written for someone who has a schizophrenic research agenda. Did anyone else have trouble really understanding what it is they were looking for? Sheesh...That's why I didn't even apply... I have heard stories that the art history department is rather dysfunctional...

Yep, that was my impression as well. Who is going to fit that description, except maybe the life partner of the chair? From what I've been able to tell, there are some search committtee members cruising these wikis - I only hope they realize that we are not totally clueless.

My CAA interview was extremely pleasant, cordial, and interesting. Call me naive, but I do not think the position is being canned for a specific person. Rather, they seem interested in a hire who bridges a range of interests among the faculty. Rochester did it with their visual culture program; why shouldnt SMU? P.S. I would be very dissapointed (this is an understatement) if the position is positioned with a particular person in mind . . .

Seems they have already invited their short listed candidates for campus visits 2/25

I second the comments of the candidate who interviewed at CAA. I too found the committee pleasant and intellectually engaged. There was nothing to suggest that the position was intended for a specific person. But the last comment is quite curious, especially the post-date. Does "seems" mean you know or you've heard rumors?

The post-date was accidental and now corrected. My apologies for slippery fingers. But yes, I know; I have an (overjoyed) colleague who was invited for a campus visit.

Another poster, here. A few postings back someone said they heard the department was rather dysfunctional. How so? Do tell.

Any idea how many they are inviting? I too want to know about any and all dysfunction.

isn't 3-4 short-listed candiates the norm?

It depends on the funding in the department. Schools with large endowments can often bring in more candidates because the deans provide them with greater funds for each search. Poorer public schools often bring in no more than 2, and possibly keep a 3rd in reserve. [FYI - I am speaking as a tenure-track assistant prof who has served on search committees at both public and private universities - though never at SMU specifically - and who has seen a significant disparity in how searches can be run depending simply on budgetary concerns.]

That earlier comment questioning who would fit the description "other than the life partner of the chair" is still irking me. Does the author of that know something that the rest of us don't? Or, is it merely some kind of frustrated slur.

My apologies for the "life partner" comment. I did not apply for the job, because the job discription, as another comment mentioned, was too schizophrenic for my taste - and in my experience that usually means it has been written for a specific person. It was certainly not a frustrated slur, but I realize now that it was a smart-a--ed response. Better ask the folks who know more about the supposed dysfunction in the department than listen to me.

I concur with the above posters re this position: I had a thoroughly enjoyable interview at CAA with them and have no reason to believe it is for an insider.

It's the "life partner" commentator again. The more I read from those of you who did apply and subsequently interviewed, the more I begin to think that we who judged so quickly were not recognizing the novelty of the position - it is very non-traditional, and I was looking at it with a traditional bias. I figure there are going to be many more jobs like this on the market in the coming years, as the discipline evolves. Time will tell.

From someone who interviewed with them twice long ago: they are a theoretically sophisticated, forward-thinking department, which you might not assume from the school/location. I assume it's a genuine interest in configuring art historical knowledge in a new way.

Well, good. This is one occasion when I don't mind being proven wrong. The appropriate thing to write would have been that the parameters of the requested methodology did not fit my research interests, instead of making catty remarks. (Of course, we'll have to see who gets hired in the end!)

More jobs like this one? Wow - are you serious? Replacing their contemporary art history position with someone who has this kind of research agenda (that needn't be focused on the contemporary)? I am all for interdisciplinarity and new ways of teaching art history, but the essence of the contemporary does not seem to be at the heart of this position, which is unfortunate. I have heard from more than one source that this department has much in-fighting and departmental discord anyway... Good luck with the interviews.

I didn't even apply - but I thought it was a new line. If they are replacing the contempoary line with this, then you are right.

After all the polemics, did anyone get a campus invite?

How do you people think positions in contemporary have been created in recent years, anyway? It's not like they come from thin air. --Huh? This post makes no sense!

--Actually it does make sense. A lot of lines that are now devoted to Contemporary used to be filled by people teaching pre-19th century European art.

Amen. As an early modernist, I have watched positions be combined with something else, or eliminated completely, just because administrators think its a dead-white-male area of the discipline and no longer has cachet with the student/clients. 30 years ago departments had a Renaissance specialist, and a separate Baroque specialist. You only find that in the top-tier institutions now. We are expected to teach 300 years of art history, north and south of the Alps and extending into the Atlantic world, because the chairs have been merged to make room for more interesting posts in global art history or multiple contemporary/modern positions. I am not saying it is wrong to add the global element, just that we are slowly being squeeze out of the picture. The same thing is happening in history departments as well.

Yes, that's exactly what I meant (I wrote the post that "makes no sense"). In almost every case, the existence of a position in contemporary means the elimination of a position in another field. The idea that a contemporary position is being eliminated to create an open-field position both doesn't make sense, and would hardly make a dent in the trend if true. IOW, don't get your knickers in a twist, in the long run (if you're in contemporary) it's working in your favor.

campus visit scheduled (x2) for early April and late March

As for the comment about Renaissance/Baroque positions now being combined at most schools, so that people have to teach "300 years of art history, north and south of the Alps" etc. -- why is it a given that a department's legitimate coverage would *sacrifice* non-western areas in order for someone to teach only 150 years in half of Europe? I am a European modernist, but I can only imagine the frustration of the Islamicist in my department who is responsible for about 700 years across the Islamic world (i.e. South Asia to Europe) and the Asianist who is responsible for basically three centuries of Asian art in her teaching program. It would make no sense to add coverage in European areas in the face of this -- especially since it is really hard for our Early Modern Europe people to attract graduate students, etc. which is an unfortunate fact in our current "presentist" orientation in the discipline.

I don't think that poster was suggesting that existing Non-Western or Modern positions be cut in order to create new jobs for, say, Italian Baroque specialists. What some of us are noting is simply a tendency of departments to squeeze out pre-modern Europeanists in favor of contemporary-ists. Those of us who teach Medieval already have to deal with ca. 1500 years of art history, so when we're asked to also teach Renaissance and/or Ancient art because the department wants to add a Contemporary spot, it's kind of frustrating. No less so, of course, than it is for people who are asked to teach "Asian" or "Non-Western" art of widely varying cultures and time periods.

I guess my point is simply that a department who is attempting a different model of coverage (i.e. "global" or more discipline-challenging conceptions such as SMU's) probably needs to chill out about whether there's someone covering every one of the "traditional" fields -- maybe we *don't* need to have someone covering Italian Renaissance in every department, if the goal is to have a reasonable representation of all geographic regions of the world, or if the goal is to widen the theoretical purview of the department. I agree that the burden shouldn't fall on the remaining early or pre-modern Europeanists to expand their teaching.

Yeah, it makes no sense to have a second person in all of Europe and Latin America 1400-1800 (I mean, what went on then in art? really nothing) when there is every decade of the twentieth century to be covered, now does it?

Oh, was that sarcasm? I teach in a department of 7 art historians, three of whom work in modern (including me). This past fall, I took on 5 new PhD students. (I am asst. prof. -- this is a ridiculously high burden, given that I already have a number of PhD's in the pipeline.) All the other incoming students came to work with the modern/contemp people. It's not a matter of whether anything happened in art before 1800, or whether the work that pre-1800 people do is "important" (of course it is or can be) -- in an ideal world, every geographic/temporal period would be covered. But if (as in my department) 90% of the graduate burden is being borne by a "mere" 50% of the faculty, then something's gotta give, no?

Why are you accepting so many contemporary grad students if you can't manage them? To take on five in one year is ridiculous, that's for sure, but it seems that your acceptance committee needs to look over the students they are accepting into your grad program and balance it out a bit better. It's not the EM people's fault they don't have the same number of students to advise, if those students are being passed over for an unmanageable number of modern/contep applicants.

State University of New York at Fredonia (Pre-modern)

Application Deadline: 14 December

Request for additional materials via e-mail (1/10/08)

Has anyone heard anything about this one? Very quiet. . . (2-19)

Very very quiet...2/19

Still radio silence, huh? 3/7 ETA: Ah hah hah. Silent no more. Rejection letter received via post, 3/7. x2

Masterful irony of above post makes it by far my favorite on this entire Wiki. Just wanted to say.

University of Florida (Latin American or Pre-Columbian)

Offer made and accepted.

University of Louisiana Lafayette (generalist)

CAA interview scheduled 2/8/08 Any news? I received an email post-interview that they were "seriously interested" but nothing else.

University of New England (2-year visiting)

Application Deadline: Jan. 15, 2007 Any news from them?

University of North Carolina at Greensboro (non-Western)

Has anyone heard from them yet? (1/25/08)

Rec'd "first cut" notification on 12/14/07 via e-mail also requesting missing letter.

Any updates? (2/19/08)

campus visit scheduled for next week (2/21)

Rejection letter received (3.21.08) x 2

University of Texas at San Antonio (Pre-Columbian or Modern/Contemp Latino/Latin AMerican)

CAA interview scheduled early Feb

Did anyone else here apply, or does anyone here know anything about this search?

Campus interviews have been scheduled.

West Chester University (PA)

Letter confirming application (1/08)

Any additional news?

CAA interview scheduled 2/14/08 x2

Does anyone know whether they've invited people for campus interviews? I forgot to ask what their timeline is.

Me also. Any news?

Did anyone get a call back? Seemed like a nice group.

Any news here? They did seem really nice.

Invited for campus interview (3/14).

Congrats! It's a great town and close to so much as well.

Western Kentucky University (pre-modern or non-western)

Application deadline: January 8, 2008

Phone interview requested: January 15, 2008

Campus visit invitation via phone: Feb 18, 2008

Western Oregon University

Minnesota State University-Moorhead

CAA interview conducted: Feb. 22, 2008


National Gallery of Art (D.C.) Post-Docs

anyone heard anything yet?

nothing at all?! I know I'm far from alone in applying for these spots. . . anyone hear anything at all?

  • On-site interviews were held during the second week of February for the pre-doctoral fellows. I hope this is helpful in some way.

oh. I suspect that means they shortlisted their postdocs as well. Pity.

Just to clarify - the predoctoral positions are at CASVA, and those interviews have indeed already taken place. However, the postdoctoral positions are with the curatorial departments of the museum, so they wouldn't be following the same schedule.

tick tock tick tock. . . who shall get this post-doc?

rejection by email (on my birthday as well, ouch!) 3/24

Columbia University Mellon Art History Post-Docs

Has anyone heard anything? (2/18)

Which postdoc is this? I thought there was one interdisciplinary Mellon and one art history Mellon. I called the dept in December to see if they were offering the art history one and she said the call was going to go out--but I never heard anything. Where was it announced?

It was announced on CAA and on their website.

I didn't get the CAA announcement and could not find it on their website--until now. Well you have one less competitor.

Request for interview by email (3/10) x 3

Phillips Collection Post-Docs, Center for the Study of Modern Art

Rejection letter received (1/2/07)

Weisman Postdoctoral Instructor in Art History, California Institute of Technology

Rejection letter received (12/26/07)

Has anyone been offered this? Just curious.

Art Institute of Chicago Post-Docs

On-site visit, mid-February.

(Ditto. The odds appear to be a total of 5-6 candidates for 2 spots. Interviews may continue into mid-March, due to scheduling issues. Can anyone else confirm this?) 3/11

Offer extended via email with phone call following. 3/25/08

Getty Postdoc

All Fellowships

Application Deadline: 1 November

Any news about the Getty? (02/07/08)

No word for me yet (02/08/08)

Anyone receive a letter of rejection yet? 2.21.08

Rejection received by email upon request 2.20.08 Q: for which type of fellowship? A: Getty Predoc Residential Fellowship.

Q: did they say whether one had been awarded at all? it looks like they don't always even grant a predoc.

I wrote the Getty regarding my predoc app. and they wrote me back that notifications will be made by mid-April. Anyone has a clue what is going on over there? (03/03/08)

Rejection letter received (03/07/08) (x4)

Villa Predoctoral Fellowship

Anyone receive notice of Getty Villa Predoctoral fellowship decisions yet? 2/16/08

I wonder if anyone has a clearer sense of what's going on with this -- I know that some people have been given fellowships (like the postdoctoral), someone else got their rejection upon request via email. I emailed and asked that if a decision had been made, could they please tell me over email (assuming the decisions had been made, since someone got a rejection emailed for this category). They wrote back was that the decisions would go out in mid-April. Does anyone know whether this means I'm still in the running or if they just are waiting to notify until April? 3/3

Still no word here. Anyone else? 3/7

Rejection letter received 3/10

Villa Postdoctoral Fellowship

I have heard that one recipients of a residential fellowship was notified on 2/8. Don't know if the non-residential postdocs are on same timetable (2/13/8)

Acceptance letter (via DHL) for Getty Villa Postdoctoral residential fellowship. (2.18.08)

Non-Residential Postdocs

- I also haven't heard on the non-residential post-doc(2/17/8). Any word?

Anyone know when they have announced their decisions in the past? 2/18/08 [2/19/08: Answer for the Non-Residential Post-Doc: I've heard that it's been anywhere from the end of February to mid-March]

Email message from the Institute confirming mid April as the notification period, as per past years (2.18.08)

Phone call notification of award (3/1/08) (x3)

Rejection letter received (3/14/08) (x 2)

Metropolitan Museum of Art Postdoc

Does anyone know when they have announced decisions in the past?

end of February.

Thank you.

Look for a DHL or Fed Ex package for the good news (if previous years are an indication).

Has anyone heard yet? The wait is killing me, and this is usually the week (positive) notifications go out!(2/26)

No news here. They said they'd make the decisions by 2/29... Suspense is no fun.

Anyone heard anything yet? (2/28)

Radio silence (2/28) (x3)

Crappedy crap crap crap. Sorry, no news is bad news, right? Crap. (2/29)

anyone heard about a met predoc? 2.29

No word on predoc 2.29 pm. Do they ever notify via e-mail. Wld be unMetlike, I know.

Acceptance letter received by regular mail. (2/29/08) [Congratulations! Pre or Post doctoral?] Postdoctoral. And thank you!

Anyone know how many of these are given out? I found the Met's fellowship guidelines the vaguest of any of them. Thanks.

Rejection letter by regular mail 3/1 (x2)

Acceptance letter for postdoctoral fellowship received by regular mail. (3/03/08)

Rome Prize Postdoc (American Academy in Rome)

Rejection (via e-mail) 2-6-08 (x2)

Villa I Tatti, Florence

Application Deadline: 15 October

Nominees contacted by phone (1/29/08)

Notified at least one candidate late Feb 2008.

Nomination letters sent via e-mail and snail mail. Budget requests submitted 2/18/08. Awaiting offers.

Stipends offered (3/6/08)

Kress Fellowships

Has anyone heard anything on these? Either the travel fellowships or the institutional ones? (2/29/08)

acceptance letter received (travel fellowship) 17/3

Wellesley, Mellon Post-doctoral Fellowship, South Asian

"Preliminary interview" at CAA

Any news on campus interviews?

The College of the Holy Cross (Mellon non-Western art)

Application deadline: March 24th


Detroit (Dec Arts Asst Curator)

Offer accepted by: Yao-Fen You

St Louis (Dec Arts Curator)

MFA Boston (Asst Curator, American)

On-site interview scheduled 1 November 2007

Were you hired?

MFA Boston (Asst Curator, Prints and Drawings)

hired, 3/5/08

MFA Houston (Prints and Drawings)

Phone interviews scheduled for 2/6 through 2/8/08 (called 2/5/08)

Job is still listed on website. Apply if you haven't already!

New York, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Medieval Art & The Cloisters

Application Deadline: 18 January

Rejection letter received 03/28/08

On site interview scheduled 03/25/08

Philadelphia Museum of Art (Asst/Assoc Curator, South Asian & Himalayan Art)

Application Deadline: 01 April