Peter Gurry offers nine pieces of advice for the academic job hunt, several of which are quite insightful.
In addition, if you are or will be in this situation, I’d add the meta-comment to not pin all your hopes on getting a “regular” full-time post—whatever that means. Settling into such a position can be a wonderful thing, and I’m deeply grateful for the faculty I’ve joined.
Instead, consider carefully what you have to offer academically, administratively, etc. and who has a need that matches your expertise. Then persistently work at taking the next right steps to serve those people and institutions.
Professionally, you are “You, Inc.” And the more you look at the higher education market through the lens of You, Inc.’s business, the better you’ll be able to function in it—whatever that means in terms of full-time posts or more creative, entrepreneurial endeavors as higher education undergoes its ups and downs.
I deeply appreciate the opportunity to have been involved with Faulkner Online as we have sought, step by step, not only to serve more students but also to create for them a caring, Christian environment where every one of them matters every day. In Faulkner’s next fiscal year, plans are continuing to take shape around my transitioning into a more teaching- and research-focused role with Faulkner’s F. Furman Kearley Graduate School of Theology.
To that end, a search is now open for a qualified and conscientious individual to fill my current role, starting 1 June 2017, as director of Faulkner University Online. When identified, the new director will lead a team dedicated to making students’ experiences with Faulkner Online truly worthy of being called “Christian education”—what is worthy of Χριστός (Christ) having always within it the vocation of being χρηστός (excellent; cf. Justin Martyr, 1 Apol. 4).