Passing Houdini-like Through the Eye of the Needle: Entering the Academy Through Administration

by Chris Cumo We’ve all heard the myth about the talented young idealist who applied for an assistant professorship at Northwestern Trans Mississippi Valley State University in Idaho only to receive a rejection letter six months later stating that she had been among 300 applicants. If the search committee had considered all candidates of roughly equal merit, our applicant had had just one chance in 300 of landing the job. The odds of contracting yellow fever from a mosquito bite while on vacation in Bangladesh are probably more favorable. But like a camel passing Houdini-like through the eye of a needle, one might […]
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