The bias against stale labor

Rational or not?  Brian Leiter reports:

Philosopher Daniel Weiskopf (George State) calls my attention to a quite startling ad for a job in English at Colorado State University, which requires that applicants have earned the PhD since 2010!  As the linked post notes, given the state of the humanities job market, everyone knows there are lots of very good candidates with PhDs from 2009, 2008 and, horrors, even 2007 who still haven’t found suitable appointments.  This ad promises to consign them to the discard pile without even looking at them.

There is another example here.  By the way, here is a Leiter post updating us on Grayling’s New College of the Humanities.


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