Via friend and commenter ej, I learned that a job ad run by the English department at Baa Ram U. has raised some questions among job seekers and other academics. Sisyphus has a post about this, and so does Parezco y Digo, who industriously wrote to the Chair of the
English Department Search Committee to ask why they’re limiting their candidate pool to those with 2010-2013 Ph.D.s. (To his credit, the Chair wrote back and gave permission to print his reply in full.)
When we ran a search in the History department last year, we were instructed that we could not consider applicants who were either tenured or those who had the equivalent experience of a tenured Associate Professor, but we were not instructed to limit our applications pool otherwise. And indeed, our four campus finalists were people whose Ph.D.s ranged from 2006 to 2011, and they ranged in age from perhaps their mid-30s to their mid-50s. I don’t think English is interested in age discrimination. My guess is that English is looking to hire people with less experience instead of more experience, mostly because our salaries are so low and the pre-existing faculty had zero raises–we never get cost-of-living increases, so it was merely a suspension of our merit increases–from 2008 to our paltry raise in 2012.