Community colleges tend to hire late, and this ad just got posted a few days ago. It's a very good school in a desirable area, and I know from my own experience that tenure track jobs in English are drawing more than 100 (sometimes WAY more) applicants.
So my friend is working her way through the application process when she finds this hurdle:
Applicants must submit the following materials to be considered:
- Completed academic/administrative application form
- Letter of interest which addresses the Desirable Qualifications. In this letter we invite applicants to expand on strengths not covered in other parts of the application Diversity Statement (included in the application packet)
- Curriculum Vitae or Resume
- The attached student essay with your marks and comments. [This composition was written by a student in a course one level below freshman composition. Please respond to it as you would normally, assuming the student will revise before final submission for a grade.] A response in 1,000 or fewer total words to the following two questions: a. How would you work with the writer of the essay above in an individual conference? b. Assuming this writing is representative of the class, which concerns would you address first in the class and how would you do so?
- Unofficial copies of transcripts of college/university work. Official transcripts are required for employment. Three recent letters of recommendation.
Now, I'm all for a thorough process, but to ask for a 4 page review of a sample essay at the first stage seems wasteful in so many ways. Who is going to review the (possibly) hundreds of applications, the marked essays, the marginal comments, and the 4 page answers to their questions?
Of course it'll be good information for the committee, and perhaps it's just a weeding out step, but my friend thinks it's overkill, and I agree.