In this episode, we speak with Jean Stuntz, Professor of History at West Texas A&M University and current H-Net President about the process of academic job hiring. Jean first joined H-Net as a subscriber in 1994 and is now editor of the H-SAWH and H-Texas networks. She has served on the H-Net Executive Council since 2005 and is currently serving her third non-consecutive term as H-Net's President.
In the interview, Jean talks about her experience as a search committee member for various faculty positions at her university. She discusses her department's process for evaluating candidates, the detailed rubric that they use to vet the candidate pool, and what she looks for when the finalists come for the campus visit. She also gives first-time job seekers some advice based on her own experiences.
H-Net publishes academic position announcements through the H-Net Job Guide, which are reposted by the individual H-Net networks. Job seekers can browse all current job ads by post date and field of study, or they can create a custom search and bookmark the page to check back for new results in the future.
Listeners can share their experiences as members of search committees or candidates in the Reply box below.
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The Art of the Review is produced by Robert Cassanello and Yelena Kalinsky, and sponsored by H-Net: Humanities and Social Sciences Online and the University of Central Florida's Center for Humanities & Digital Research.