❓ Who maintains this site?
The website is primarily run by Evan Peck (Associate Prof of Computer Science at Bucknell University). It has also benefited by help from Anna Ritz (Associate Prof of Biology at Reed College).
❓ How much does it cost for departments to post? How do I post?
It costs nothing. Please visit our posting page for more information about listing your advertisement.
❓ Does anyone look at it or use it?
During the 2021-2022 CS hiring season, the website attracted ~10,000 visits. While it’s hard to quantify the impact of those views, I receive emails from people each year hearing that it made an impact on both (1) departmental applicant pools (and ultimately, hiring), and (2) candidate decision-making.
I’d like to think that’s pretty good impact-per-dollar-spent.
❓ What did the list look like in previous years?
2022-2023 marks the 5th year I am keeping track of CS PUI faculty positions.
- 2021-2022 Hiring Cycle - last year’s hiring cycle. This is probably most predictive of the 2022/23 hiring cycle.
- 2020-2021 Hiring Cycle - The first year of
- 2019-2020 Hiring Cycle - job ads were kept track of in a blog post
- 2018-2019 Hiring Cycle - job ads were kept track in a running Twitter thread this year
❓ When are ads typically posted?
Below, you can see the distribution of when ads were first posted during the 2021-2022 hiring season.
Some nuance to the data:
- Dates are based on when they appeared on this website and may not reflet the official date the ad was released.
- While ads typically appear here pretty quickly, there is occasionally some lag, so it’s better to look for general trends with this chart.
- Some CS departments post ‘ad forthcoming’ here weeks before their official ad is live
❓ When do most schools set deadlines?
Below, you can see the distribution of when application deadlines from the 2021-2022 hiring season. You can see that the center of gravity seems to fall in the 2nd half of october.
Some nuance to the data:
- Dates are based on the final deadlines at cs-pui.github.io/index-21. A couple of the later dates are pretty misleading. They were initially set much earlier in the fall, but shifted later at some point (for a variety of reasons)
- Quite a few departments still consider applications submitted after deadlines
❓ Why limit the website to just permanent/tenure-track positions - what about teaching-track faculty or fixed-term positions? We need those too!
I agree! Unfortunately, this site is curated on top of my normal faculty duties, and without funding or compensation. As a result, I need to limit the scope to keep it manageable.
I’ve found that widening the site’s scope isn’t as simple as increasing the quantity of ads, but expands the months of the year I need to keep close attention on the market, and brings significant new challenges to curation (e.g. does a visiting prof position at a liberal arts school practically have time for scholarship? How should we articulate the immense diversity of teaching-track positions, which can range from a reality that isn’t too distant from adjuncting to institutions that offer tenure?). All of this is time-intensive.
Until I can find resources for the site (if you have any leads, let me know!, I have to keep the scope narrow.
❓ How do I know whether my institution has enough emphasis on research?
There really isn’t a hard set of rules here. However, many schools on our list have:
- Reduced teaching load (in comparison to full-teaching colleges): The average teaching load is probably somewhere between a 2-2 or 3-2 (depending on how they define it). With only rare exceptions, 3-3 is a good guideline for an upper limit.
- Startup packages: While packages in PUIs are nowhere near those in R1s, most institutions offer funds to kick-start research.
- Untenured leave: Most offer a pre-tenure leave of 1 or 2 semesters to help faculty invest in research
- Internal research resources: This often includes some travel support for conferences and significant internal support for summer undergraduate research.
❓ Can I put my school on the list if we have some grad students?
There is a lot of muddy ground here. In general, I don’t include programs that graduate Ph.D. students. Most of the schools here either don’t have Masters students or graduate so few each year that they qualify as a liberal arts college. That being said, there are some schools on this list each year that are intensely undergraduate-focused even with larger Masters programs (and seem to have many other characteristics that look like a PUI). I’m happy to include those institutions.