The academic job market this year, at least in such fields as operations research / management science / operations management, is terrific, judging not only by the number of openings for tenure-track faculty positions and job listings, but also from the number of campus interview visits that my most senior doctoral student has secured this year.
This is great news for our discipline!
Last Friday, we hosted one of my former doctoral students, Dr. Jose M. Cruz, who received 5 degrees from UMass Amherst and who is now a tenured Associate Professor and Ackerman Scholar and Director of the Masters Program in Business Analytics and Program Management at the School of Business at the University of Connecticut (UConn). He gave a fabulous presentation, the slides of which, he has given us permission to share. His talk was on The Myths and Facts of How to Get a Tenure Track Academic Job and How to get Tenure.
The slides of his presentation can be downloaded in pdf format here.
He interspersed his presentation with many anecdotes and real life experiences and enthralled the audience with useful tips and with his energy and insights gained from many practical experiences.
The slides are easy to follow and very useful and enjoyable (of course, not as great as actually being there but very helpful, nonetheless).
Some photos from his talk and the UMass Amherst INFORMS Student Chapter party that followed have already been posted.
The Isenberg School of Management constructed a nice photo album of our activities that day. on Facebook.