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Stale Ph.D.’s Need Not Apply


When Harvard University and Colorado State University recently posted job ads indicating that applicants should be very recent recipients of Ph.D.’s, many people saw the ads as confirmation of something they already suspected about the unspoken hiring preferences for entry-level positions in the humanities.

Search committees, say professors and leaders of scholarly associations, strongly favor applicants whose degrees are not more than two or three years old.

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