Late Spring Happenings

First, congratulations:

  • Congratulations to Travis Dumsday (Concordia-Edmonton), who has won a Canada Research Chair.
  • Congratulations to Marilyn McCord Adams (Rutgers), who has been elected, this spring, to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. (The press release characterizes her position at Rutgers as “a recurring visiting professor in the Department of Philosophy.”)

Second, conferences:

Last, career opportunities:

With all that, this blog goes on summer vacation.

New Hires

Back in January, I posted a list of medieval jobs that were advertised in the US. I haven’t been able to learn how all of these searches came out (despite making a few inquiries), but here is some information, including some positions that I didn’t list in that earlier post.

  • Turner Nevitt (Fordham PhD) has been hired as an assistant professor at the University of San Diego.
  • Riccardo Strobino (Pisa PhD) has been hired as an assistant professor at Tufts University (in the Classics Department).
  • Scott Williams (Oxford PhD) has been hired as an assistant professor at North Carolina/Asheville.
  • Stephan Schmid (Humboldt PhD) has been offered a position as an assistant professor at the University of Chicago.

It is excellent to see these good jobs going to some very good people in our field.

What I would like to be able to do, at this point, is make some sage remarks about why some people get jobs and others do not, despite having manifestly excellent credentials. But I find myself utterly unable to do this. It is clear that publications matter tremendously, even for entry-level positions. But beyond that there is clearly just a great deal of luck involved. Some people succeed by working on the most mainstream of topics (e.g., Aquinas), but others work in more exotic areas and yet manage to find a job that fits their profile. There is clearly no magic formula for success.