Bleep_Bloop Posted August 15, 2017 Share Posted August 15, 2017 (edited) I'm ABD and applying to a TT assistant prof job in the humanities (language and literature department) at a research university, for which my work is objectively a good fit. However, I'm debating between two possible writing samples. The first would be a chapter of my dissertation, which is directly related to the specialization the committee is looking for. The second pertains to a side project that is in a parallel subfield (one of the secondary specializations the committee is looking for). While it's not as relevant as the first, it is forthcoming in a top-3 journal. I'm getting conflicting advice from committee members...some say that an application with a sample that isn't directly relevant to the ad will certainly get tossed in the reject pile. Others say that having a peer-reviewed article, especially one in a top journal, looks far more impressive to the committee than simply submitting a dissertation chapter. Does anyone here have any advice? I'm leaning towards the dissertation chapter to highlight my fit...the article will still be on my CV of course. I'm just not sure if submitting a diss chapter as a writing sample weakens the application overall. Edited August 15, 2017 by Bleep_Bloop Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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