Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Web-Only Ads

From the "web only" ads:

Teaching excellence, scholarly productivity, and communication skills necessary.


Who'd have thought???

11 comments:

Anonymous said...

My first reaction to that line was that it's an obligatory sentence inserted by HR or some other entity at the hiring school.

But then it occurred to me there are plenty of current faculty who fail to meet either (or even both) of the first two criteria. Bad teachers? I've seen 'em. Unproductive tenured faculty? A dime a dozen.

PA said...

I guess they want to ensure that all those excellent teachers who lack communication skills don't apply.

Anonymous said...

If you want to see an incredibly vacuous job ad, look here.

All of that content and absolutely no detailed description of the job sufficient to distinguish it from any other teaching job at that institution.

I'm temped to submit a letter of application which does nothing to distinguish me from any other applicant for any teaching job at that school.

Glaucon said...

From the ad that Anon5:46 linked:

"The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate."

I'm not sure why, but that's the funniest academic-job-related thing I've ever seen.

Anonymous said...

"The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate."

Yeah, you expect it to continue with something like:

"Except when the prisoners are screaming."

Anonymous said...

While this gets my vote for most obvious point ever: "While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk or hear," I'm quite fond of the problem of temporary intrinsics they raise:"The employee is occasionally required to walk and sit."

Anonymous said...

I wonder if I have the `ability to adjust focus.' It certainly sounds useful.

Anonymous said...

The requirements about being able to talk, hear, walk, etc. are, I suspect, stated with an eye towards disability law.

However, the "ability to adjust focus" requirement really does sound bizarre. It's like they're trying to screen out applicants who are completely stoned.

Anonymous said...

Apparently an ADD Stephen Hawking is out of that job!

Dan said...
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Dan said...

With regard to 5.46's job ad, I don't see any reason why a philosophy instructor should need to be able to walk... Being able to see would be useful, but probably is not essential (c.f. Brentano).