Two job ads from the University of Notre Dame were accidentally posted online this month with the names of the preferred candidates in the job title. . . Notre Dame discovered the error this week and had the ads — one for a visiting assistant special professional in the program of liberal studies and one for a visiting research assistant professor of engineering — removed.
These are not real jobs – visiting assistant special professional, what is that, even? – but it’s still funny.
Academic search committees are often forced to conduct fake job searches by idiotic HR departments. It’s ridiculous and here is the result. Academic freedom should mean that useless bureaucrats have no impact on academic hiring.