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  1. Yes, definitely! That's why I think there's such pressure for R2s to strive for R1 status even as they all know it's nearly impossible. It's much easier for strong programs to attract the superstars and keep their momentum going. I think a lot of people have accepted their place within the ranks and focus on regional or local impact rather than national/international reputation. I think I would be happy to start my career at these R2s (especially my top choice right now because it's located close to my family and has potential for interesting research). But I would also want to do R1 work to make a strong case for tenure because it seems that they will want external letter writers from equivalent or slightly higher reputation schools. So, if you want to earn tenure at an R2, you still need to do R1 level work to get tenure at an R2. It's so crazy! My friend, who started at an R1, was not re-appointed after midterm review. So, people can shift down, too. I mean, s/he's looking for any job right now and hopefully can find one, but it probably won't be at an R1.
  2. UPDATE: As of today, I have sent out 10 applications to TT positions at R1s and R2s (just because those are the types of universities that tend to have faculty positions in my field) and 1 application to a Non-Profit. My stats: NP: phone interview / reject because I wasn't a good fit (which I found out later and which wasn't clear in the job announcement) R1: no response yet from 3 of them; 1 Skype interview / reject. R2: no response yet from 1 of them; Skype interview with 1 / no campus visit (so I'm assuming reject); 1 upcoming phone interview; and, 4 campus visit invites (2 completed already). So, my original question in this thread was about whether R1 was the right path for me. I tried the NP very early on and wasn't a good fit for them (although they are still in my field, even as potential collaborators, so I've kept good connections with them). And, it seems that the universities that MOST want someone like me (from an R1 institution) are R2s. I think this is perhaps the tightest spot to be in because the R2s want to become R1s, but they don't have the resources or staff, and it would take a long time and lots of investment in securing high-quality faculty, etc. And yet there is still the expectation of high-quality teaching and service. My read of my particular field (Education) is that most people like me will start out our careers at R2s and, if we do well, may then move up to R1, but that means starting out at the R2 with an R1 mindset. It's not impossible, like others have said on this thread, and I agree that it is difficult. A senior faculty member in my field did this, and he has suggested starting out as an Assistant Professor with an R1 mindset no matter where you go (rather than take a post-doc for two years) and then moving up when the opportunity arises. In Education, people do move around quite a bit, including up if they've done good research. For me, it's not the prestige factor, but the fact that R1s will attract higher-quality graduate students, who can then help with research (and the type of qualitative research I do involves intense data collection and analysis). On my two campus visits so far, the doctoral students tend to be local part-timers or international students (which, in the field of education can be a disadvantage if they want to eventually find a position in the U.S. because US schools/colleges of education tend to favor U.S. K-12 teaching experience). So, I share all this to help others see what the process has been like for me so far. In short, as an Assistant Professor in my field, I will have to work as if I'm at an R1 even if I'm at an R2. Reading between the lines, I can see that the publishing expectation is 2 articles per year (with at least some in highest ranked journals in field and a mixture of author order) with a 3-2 teaching load... BUT, more is always better. At one university, the dept head talked specifically about earning merit for above and beyond expectations. Everyone wants to increase their status... and the question I'm still kind of pondering is, am I willing to take on that role?
  3. Thanks, juilletmercredi! I think your insights are valuable. I was just talking with a friend today who is working on an education-focused project at a public health non-profit. She didn't know you could do such a thing! So, yes, I agree that there's a lot more out there. The autonomy question is an interesting one. I think I would prefer more rather than less autonomy, and so it seems like academia is the way to go. I had looked at research positions in non-profits, but I'd have to work on their projects first and then eventually apply for funding to work on my own projects. I haven't completely ruled out non-profits, but one issue is that the non-profits I'm most interested in are located in an expensive area that I'm not sure I could afford to live in anyway. So, in terms of academia--I have three phone/Skype interviews so far! Two are R2, and one is R1. I'm expecting to hear back from more institutions during the next few weeks.
  4. I really dislike the academic job search. It's much more stressful than applying to graduate school. At least you had an expectation of waiting a few months to hear about results. But with the academic job search, every school/department has their own timeline, so you're left worrying about whether you're going to get an interview or not, especially when they re-post the job announcement the day after the original deadline!!! Makes me feel like they didn't like my application. Or, they need more applications so they can feel good about choosing some and not others. Sigh. These new few months are going to be incredibly stressful.
  5. Thanks! I really appreciate your comments. The kind of research I do is qualitative, so places like ACT and ETS won't necessarily be the best fit for me (although I haven't been looking too hard there). Part of the reason I have given up on non-profits is that I really want to direct my own research agenda. As I'm currently writing my research statements, I'm excited about different directions I could go.
  6. Yes, this is true! So I would add to my comment above by saying... of all the people I know who were looking for jobs last year (in my sub-field), everyone got a job except for one person. A few people took post-docs. So I guess the way I think about whether the job market is good or bad is... are there enough jobs out there for the number of people qualified to fill those positions? And in my sub-field, the answer is yes. In fact, I've seen a number of positions that were posted last year that are being re-posted this year, so I think the job market is very good this year in that there are more jobs than qualified applicants. Part of the problem with these institutions may be where they are located, and so they are having trouble getting people to even apply (for example, I saw one institution in the deep South posting positions twice already this job season).
  7. R1/R2 schools only because typically those institutions offer jobs that I'm qualified for (within my specialty in education). And, I can apply for NSF grants, so I need institutional support for grant writing and research. Someone who does something like educational philosophy may be able to get a job at a small liberal arts college, but I've been trained to work with prospective teachers, and usually the large state universities have those programs.
  8. In my case, I wasn't sure if I could get a job close to family, and I was willing to do a nationwide search. But... a job opened up at a university that is 1 hour from my family, and the preferred research area is pretty much my dissertation, so I'm hopeful about my competitiveness for the position. The next closest job is about 4 hours, and the next closes one is probably about 8-10 hours driving. So, it's not impossible.
  9. UPDATE: So I tried applying for a position at a non-profit, and after the phone interview, my application was rejected. So, now I have no choice but to put all my energy into faculty positions, at R1 and R2 universities. I think I came off as too research-y for the non-profit (which is not heavily focused on research), so they may have done me a favor in the long run by rejecting my application. Because, ultimately, I have a very research-oriented frame of mind, and it's hard to turn it off and think only in terms of application rather than generation of knowledge. Also, if I'm honest with myself, I was hoping to avoid the academic job search, which is much harder than other job searches. So, this turn of events may be the universe telling me that I need to take the more difficult path and perhaps come out the other side stronger than I was before!
  10. UPDATE: I was able to speak with a professor at this university, and the response I got was basically that they prefer the most qualified candidate, whether or not they are Canadian. So, if they have two equal candidates, they'll take the Canadian. But if the non-Canadian is more qualified, they will choose the non-Canadian. I was encouraged to apply, as there's nothing to lose by applying!
  11. My sense of the job market this year for my field (education) is that it's good. There are more jobs than I want to apply for. Granted, some of these institutions are in locations I'd never want to live, so that weeds out a fair number of positions. However, in my particular sub-field, 6-10 is a good number of positions to apply for, and I think that's about how many applications I'll be putting in.
  12. wildviolet

    Toronto, ON

    Hi there! What do you think about U of T and family life in Toronto (I'm looking at faculty positions)? Are the schools there good/bad/okay? Outdoor things to do, like hiking, biking, nature trails? Libraries? Thanks!
  13. Thanks! I'm not sure, to be honest! That's why I left the question open-ended. I think I'm mostly concerned about how they view American PhD students. Looking at the faculty profiles, I see that most of them are from Canada and graduated from Canadian universities. There are some faculty from the United States. They seem to be members of the same national/professional organizations.
  14. I'm looking for advice about applying to faculty positions in Canada as a U.S. citizen or permanent resident. Of course, the job description states that Canadians are preferred; however, they invite applications from all qualified candidates. What things should I consider about moving to Canada? Specifically, the university is located in Toronto.
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