Sources of Information for Job Candidates in English
Prepared by Susan Belasco Smith, University of Tulsa
General Advice and Background Reading
Bay, Libby. "Teaching in the Community College: Rerouting a Career." ADE Bulletin 114 (1996): 27–29.
Deneef, A. Leigh, Craufurd D. Goodwin, and Ellen Stern McCrate, eds. The Academic's Handbook. Durham: Duke UP, 1988.
Dubrow, Heather. "A World Elsewhere: Teaching in a Liberal Arts College," ADE Bulletin 103 (1992): 38–44.
Green, Eleanor. "The Job Search: Observations of a Reader of 177 Letters of Application." ADE Bulletin 113 (1996): 50–52.
Gregory, Marshall. "From PhD Program to BA College; or, The Sometimes Hard Journey from Life in the Carrel to Life in the World" ADE Bulletin 107 (1994): 20–24.
Hanawalt, Jean Allen, and Thomas Trzyna. "Applying to Teach at a Christian College." ADE Bulletin 79 (1984): 46–47.
Malek, James S. "Caveat Emptor; or, How Not to Get Hired at DePaul." ADE Bulletin 92 (1989): 33–36.
Mangum, Teresa. "Identity and Economics; or, The Job Placement Procedural." ADE Bulletin 114 (1996): 19-24. For an additional bibliography on the job search, see Mangum's Selected List of Works Consulted (23–24).
Sledge, Linda Ching. "The Community College Scholar." ADE Bulletin 83 (1986): 9–11.
Thomas, Trudelle. "Demystifying the Job Search: A Guide for Candidates." CCC 40 (1989): 312–27.
Timmerman, John H. "Advice to Candidates." College English 50 (1988): 748–51.
See also "Special Topic on the Job Market," Profession 94 (New York: MLA, 1994): 57–105, for a collection of essays by Erik D. Curren, Marta Caminero-Santangelo, Lydia Belateche, Linda M. Lemiesz, Judith Pascoe, Gordon Hutner, Robert C. Holub, and Bettina J. Huber; "Special Section: The Job Search in English," ADE Bulletin 111 (1995): 4–27; and "The MLA's 1993–94 Survey of PhD Placement," MLA Newsletter 27.4 (1995): 1–3 and ADE Bulletin 112 (1995): 40-51.
For Job Openings
Chronicle of Higher Education. Published weekly (except in August and December). In addition to listing openings under such categories as "English," "Women's Studies," or "Writing," many two- and four-year institutions take out large ads that include all their available positions. The Chronicle also lists openings in administration, at foundations and associations, and occasionally, in private secondary schools.
MLA Job Information List. Published four times a year. Four-year institutions are more likely than two-year colleges to list openings here.
Information about American Colleges and Universities
Atwell, Robert, and David Pierce, eds. American Community Colleges: A Guide. 10th ed. Phoenix: Oryx, 1995. A state-by-state guide with extensive commentary on each institution.
Barron's Profiles of American Colleges. 20th ed. New York: Barron's, 1994. Comprehensive, informative guide to four-year, accredited colleges; rates selectiveness of admissions.
Cass, James, and Max Birnbaum. Comparative Guide to American Colleges. 15th ed. New York: Harper, 1991. An alphabetical, narrative guide to four-year institutions.
The College Blue Book. 25th ed. 5 vols. New York: Macmillan, 1995. The most useful volume is Narrative Descriptions, a state-by-state listing of two- and four-year colleges, complete with maps.
Insider's Guide to the Colleges, 1998: Students from Coast to Coast Tell What Their Colleges Are Really Like. Comp. Yale Daily News staff. 24th ed. New York: St. Martin's, 1997. A sometimes irreverent alternative source of information on 300 colleges.
Foreign Colleges and Universities
Commonwealth Universities Yearbook
International Handbook of Universities
Both are published every three years in New York by Macmillan.