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Romanticism and Victorian

Last updated 11/30 at 6:00 pm EST

How many of us are on this page?: 38

Post updates to each school with date (application received, requests for writing samples, MLA interviews, etc.)

Don't forget to update the Time Stamp above when you make additions.


Let's put back the "MLA interviews" section; it makes it a lot easier to glance up here first b/f scrolling through the entire list. We can still post details under each school but it would be helpful to have the simplified version up here.

Agree. Once schools are interviewing and arranging callbacks then the details of how they picked finalists (writing samples when? what proportions Romantic to Victorian?) become of less interest, and it will be good to have condensed the listings into one set up here. Also it will be good to leave behind the various schools that end up not interviewing at all. (More I fear than just the handful we already know about.)

Shall we put it to a vote? Vote once by changing the number next to your preference. Let's decide by noon on Monday since interviews will start coming in that afternoon.

  • Condensed listings at top as interviews and callbacks roll in (2)
  • Keep listings as they are, listing interviewees and callbacks under either Romantic or Victorian (0)
  • A third possibility: to run it as we did last year. We continued to list MLA interviews (and the dates on which they were requested) under each school, but added categories for CAMPUS INTERVIEWS SCHEDULED, OFFERS MADE, and OFFERS ACCEPTED. I'm still interested in how interviews break down with regard to Romantic or Victorian at this point, but agree that we eventually need 'overview' categories. (3)

Romanticism


Arcadia U (PA) (19th and 20th and postcolonial)

Deadline: Nov. 1

  • 11/07: Letter of Acknowledgement dated 10/31. (x3)


Arizona State U (19c, Romanticism as primary field)

Deadline: Oct 31

  • 10/14, 10/28: Email of Acknowledgement
  • 11/4: Massive budget cuts reported across Arizona universities: http://www.azcapitoltimes.com/story.cfm?id=9729 . Has anyone heard if ASU has frozen new hiring? A: This job line has survived the cuts. No worries.
  • 11/4: Application acknowledged via email. (2)


Boston University (British Romanticism)

Deadline: Nov 1

  • 11/5 Rejection letter dated Oct. 30 received. (2)
  • Writing sample request 11/17
  • Request for sample, letters, transcript 11/21 (3)
  • 11/25 Rejection email stating that very advanced assistants (more than a few years past Ph.D) are out of the running.
  • Out of curiosity: are you in a TT position? do they (and others) count someone as at the advanced assistant level if they/you are a few years with Ph.D. in hand (even if not already in a TT job)? Or would it apply only to those who are already in TT assistant prof positions? Thanks for the clarification (for this and other jobs).
  • Rejection email said that they are not authorized to hire "at [my] professional level": I (the rejected) am in TT, years out, but untenured; I would assume that if you are not rejected you are still in the running. Good luck!
  • Thanks for the clarification! Much appreciated.


Cal Tech (19th C Brit or Early Amer or Transatlantic)

Deadline: Dec. 1

  • Email acknowledgment 11/25


College of St. Scholastica (MN) (women's, 18th or 19th)

Review begins Oct. 15


Colorado College (ability to teach core poetry classes-18thc and Romanticism)

Deadline: Nov. 6

  • 11/7: Application acknowledged by letter. (2)


Cornell University (Romantic/Victorian Poetry)

Deadline: Oct. 15

  • 10/15: Letter of Acknowledgement (x5)
  • 11/3: Bloomberg.com reports non-faculty hiring freeze: http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=20601103&sid=avcTJ0MUfdYk&refer=us . Can someone confirm this search is proceeding? A: It's proceeding. As noted, hiring freeze does not cover Professorial positions.
  • 11/22: writing sample request
  • Curious: was the request for additional samples of your writing or did you not send in with the original application? Additional


Hunter College, CUNY (19th C)

Deadline: Nov. 7

  • 11/07: Letter of Acknowledgment dated 11/05 (x2)
  • Acknowledgment letter 11/12


Lehman College, CUNY (19th c, "Anglophone")

Review begins Dec. 1

  • Canceled due to budget cuts (received letter 10/23)


Louisiana State University (British Romanticism/19th Century American)

Deadline: Nov. 14

  • Application acknowledged by email 11/7, 11/14


Miami University (Romantic poetry, open rank)

Deadline Oct. 31

  • Canceled due to budget cuts (received email 11/7) (x5)


Mount Holyoke College (MA) (English Romantic poetry)

Deadline: Nov. 11


Northwestern

Deadline: Nov 1

  • email of acknowledgment (10/31) (x3) (11/7) (x1)
  • email of acknowledgment (11/22)


Northwest Missouri State (18th or 19th)

Screening begins Nov. 1

  • email of acknowledgment


Oberlin (19th C)

Deadline: Nov. 30

  • Undated Letter of Acknowledgment
  • 11/3: Email acknowledgment (for writing sample)


Ohio State, Newark

Review begins immediately

  • 11/6: Application acknowledged by snail mail. (x3)
  • 11/17: Writing Sample Request (x2)


Portland State U (Brit Romanticism)

Deadline: Nov 7


Randolph-Macon College (VA)

Deadline: Nov. 15

  • 11/6: Application acknowledged by snail mail. (x6)


Rice University (Brit Lit and Culture, 1770-1840)

Deadline: Nov 1

  • Writing sample requested via email 11/3 (3)
  • WS requested via email 11/11
  • Writing sample requested via email 11/17
  • Q: Did anyone who is a long C18 person rather than a long C19 person get a WS request?
  • A: I consider myself a romanticist with slightly more preparation in the 18c than the 19c, but, really, my focus is late 18c and early 19c


Seton Hall University (NJ) (19th C)

Deadline: Dec. 8


Stephen F. Austin (TX) (19th C)

Deadline: Nov. 15


St. Francis Xavier University

Deadline: Dec. 1


Trinity College (CT) (three-year replacement, British romanticism)

Deadline: Nov. 1

  • Email acknowledgment 11/11


University at Buffalo (19th c. British)

Deadline: Nov. 15


University of California-Los Angeles (transatlantic studies before 1900)

Deadline: Nov. 3

email acknowledgment of application--two weeks ago


University of Colorado, Boulder (Associate Professor, Romanticism)

Deadline: Oct. 20


University of Delaware (19th c. British)

Deadline: Nov. 10

  • Request for further materials via email 11/25 (x4)


University of Northern Colorado (British Romanticism)

Deadline: Nov. 1

  • Email requesting writing sample 11/20 (2)


University of Oregon, Clark Honors College (19th, Romanticism emphasis)

Deadline: Oct. 24

  • letter ack. receipt 11/13, 11/17 (x2)
  • Was told they were making decisions about seminfinalists over this past weekend...
  • and yet, no one has heard anything?
  • well, it wouldn't be the first time an academic got a wee bit behind...


Univ. of South Carolina, Beaufort (19th & 20th)

Review begins Nov. 10

11/25: Application acknowledged by snail mail


Univ. of Tennessee, Martin (19th & 20th)

Review begins Nov. 1

Victorian


Arcadia U (PA) (19th and 20th and postcolonial)

Deadline: Nov. 1

  • 10/20: Letter of Acknowledgment, 11/3 (x2), 11/4, 11/12


Bard College (NY) (Eugene Meyer Professor in Nineteenth Century History and Literature)

Deadline: Applications will be reviewed as received.


Cal Tech (19th C Brit or Early Amer or Transatlantic)

Deadline: Dec. 1

Email acknowledgment of receipt: 11/24 Email ack of receipt: 11/26 (2)

Q:Did you submit online or by mail? Has anyone who submitted by mail got an ack?

A: Submitted application docs by email


Coker College (Augustan, Romantic, Victorian)

Review begins Nov. 3rd

  • 11/25: Invitation for phone interview to be held in early January.


College of St. Scholastica (MN) (women's, 18th or 19th)

Review begins Oct. 15

  • Search Canceled--Received letter 11/26, 11/28


Cornell University (Romantic/Victorian Poetry)

Deadline: Oct. 15 (see comments above)


Gordon College (MA)--Christian

Deadline: Nov. 14


Hunter College, CUNY (19th C)

Deadline: Nov. 7

  • Acknowledgment of Application 10/23; 10/25; 10/27 (3), 11/3, 11/12


Johns Hopkins (Assistant or Associate)

  • 10/14: Email of Acknowledgment
  • 11/1: Email of Acknowledgment
  • 11/18: Email acknowledgment (x6)


Lehman College, CUNY (19th c, "Anglophone")

  • Canceled due to budget cuts (received letter 10/23) (received letter 11/1)


Marshall University (WV)

Review begins: Nov. 17

  • 10/15: Letter of Acknowledgment


Northwest Missouri State (18th or 19th)

Screening begins Nov. 1


Oberlin (19th C)

Deadline: Nov. 30

  • Acknowledgement of Application 10/23 (2), 11/7 (x2), 11/20
  • Request for electronic version of writing sample? (10/20) A: "request for electronic w.s. was part of original job ad"


Ohio State, Newark

Review begins immediately

  • 10/31, 11/6 (x2), 11/17, 11/22: Letter of Acknowledgment
  • 11/17: Writing Sample Request (3); 11/26


Pomona College (British or US Poetry since 1820)

Deadline: Nov 3

  • 11/15: letter of acknowledgment


Queen's University (Ontario, Canada) (Nineteenth-Century British Literature)

Deadline: Oct. 10 11/25: They've nominated a candidate for the humanities-wide competition.


Randolph-Macon College (VA)

Deadline: Nov. 15

  • 10/22, 11/12 (3): Letter of Acknowledgment
  • 11/24: writing sample request (3)


Seton Hall University (19th C) Deadline: Dec. 8


South Dakota State University (19th Century)

Deadline: Nov. 30


Stephen F. Austin (TX) (19th C)

Deadline: Nov. 15


Syracuse University(19th c)

Deadline: Nov 15

  • Email acknowledgment 11/16, 11/18
  • additional materials req. 11/5, 11/7 (4), 11/11 (3), 11/18 (3)


University of British Columbia (Literatures in English, 1789 to 1914)

Deadline: Oct. 17

  • 11/19 Extremely polite rejection email, had 179 applicants (x9)
  • Didn't think it was that polite; they even sent the same rejection notice to people who applied for different jobs; but I appreciate knowing the number of apps.
  • For those of you who got interviews, what is your nationality? U.S.


University at Buffalo (19th c. British)

Deadline: Nov. 15

  • Q: Any requests for materials?
  • sample and dossier request, 11/3 (2), 11/6 (2), 11/9, 11/12 (3), 11/19
  • see above--I don't know why this job has two listings? A: This one is for Victorianists; above for Romanticists (so we know which field they are interested in).


University of Delaware (19th c. British)

Deadline: Nov. 10

  • 10/23: Letter of Acknowledgment, 11/03: Email acknowledgment (11/18), (10/28)
  • Has anyone else received an acknowledgment? (11/18)(x2)
  • I received one on Nov. 8 (11/20)(x3)
  • 11/25: Email request for Writing Sample and Letters (x3)


University of Michigan (19th c)

Deadline: Nov. 10

  • What job is this for? A: British literature and culture between 1660 and 1900, ass't or advanced ass't
  • 10/22: Letter of Acknowledgement
  • 11/24: request for dossier (3), 11/26 request for dossier
  • I'm confused: wasn't the dossier required as part of the application? What exactly did they request?
  • the dossier wasn't required, and they sent the request for letters without seeing if they had them already on file.


University of Nebraska (Digital Humanities and 19th c)

Deadline: Nov. 10

  • 10/30: Received email request for additional materials (3)
  • 11/25: Request for MLA Interview (phone call) (5)


University of Oxford (University Lecturers in English Literature of the 19th and 20th-21st centuries)

Deadline: Noon on Dec. 12th (apply at: english.office@ell.ox.ac.uk)

  • Note: the longer job description for this specifies post-1832


Univ. of South Carolina, Beaufort (19th & 20th)

Review begins Nov. 10

11/25: Application acknowledged by snail mail

  • 10/20: Letter of Acknowledgement


Univ. of Tennessee, Martin (19th & 20th)

Review begins Nov. 1

  • 10/2, 10/30: Letter of Acknowledgement


University of Toronto Mississauga

Deadline: Nov. 14

  • Acknowledgment of Application 10/28


University of Vermont (19th c. Brit. novel)

Deadline: Nov. 15'

  • 10/16: Email of Acknowledgement
  • 11/10: Email that job has been cancelled: "the following position has been canceled and will not be filled through this recruitment." (ditto 11/10) Has anyone else received this message?
  • 11/11: Called the department today. Search was officially canceled on 11/10.
  • I wonder why they emailed some and not others. Maybe they'll send out an official letter now to everyone re: the cancellation?
  • Since the deadline isn't until Nov. 15, they'll probably wait until it's passed to send out one mass email or batch of letters.
  • 11/12 Email that search is cancelled.


University of Wisconsin—Whitewater (19th-Century)

Deadline: Feb. 1

Discussion


  • Q: I'm not sure if this is the right place to ask, but has anyone heard from Bard College? They listed a 19th Century literature/history position. A: I looked up this position and added it under Victorian.
  • QUESTION: Is anyone else puzzled that so many places that didn't require writing samples with the initial application have not yet begun to ask? Doesn't it seem like it's getting late?
  • Great question. I was wondering the same thing and would love to know what others think. Delaware has been dreadfully silent, to name one. Any thoughts?
  • Unfortunately, my thoughts are that a lot of people, presumably some of whom are getting requests, aren't using the wiki.
  • My thought/fear is that the jobs might end up getting cancelled.... The other possibility is that they may ask for the sample at the interview (which is uncommon but not unheard of).
  • The other possibility is that some of these schools aren't conducting MLA interviews. I know of at least one on this list that isn't, so perhaps the holidays + academic crunch time has them moving slower than we'd like?
  • Frankly, I'm feeling a little desperate about the whole job market search this year. I might have to keep myself away from this list because I'm finding it rather depressing to see requests for interviews and dossiers for jobs that I have applied to and yet . . . nothing is coming my way. The whole thing is a crap shoot of course, but still, one little dossier request, one pitiful interview over the phone . . . please, so I can feel like a human being and not just someone who slogs into my adjunct position to teach composition again! I'm supposed to be a scholar for gosh sakes. So please God (or whoever), give me some slight sign that I'm still a functioning academic! (x2)
  • I've wondered (worried?) about this too, but take heart, on Oct 31st I sent in materials for a job with a deadline of Oct 31st and they only contacted me on Monday (11/24) for a writing sample. I imagine the next two weeks are the critical ones, especially as the term begins to die down.
  • I've heard that the Delaware job got 300 applications, so maybe it's not surprising that they haven't gotten back to people as they wade through that pile. (11/26)
  • True story. I once had an MLA interview with a well-known college, and a week later got an email saying "so sorry, we just noticed that we don't seem to have a writing sample from you." Turned out that I had been supposed to send it at the very start but never had. Now, I didn't get the job, but my point is that lots of places are just starting to do their due diligence and some places never quite do it.
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