The following statement was prepared by the committee
on the status and future of the profession (Richard Schacht, chair) and
approved by the board of officers at its 1994 meeting.This
statement also regularly appears in Proceedings
and Addresses of the American Philosophical Association and Jobs for Philosophers.
The APA discourages the
nomination by graduate departments of job seekers for positions in philosophy,
and the submission of their dossiers in response to announcements of positions,
without their knowledge or interest. This may seriously mislead those who are
conducting searches, and may have unfortunate consequences both for them and
for genuinely interested applicants.
Graduate departments using a
nomination procedure or submitting dossiers on behalf of job seekers should
either attest explicitly that they wish to be considered for the positions in
question, or (preferably) ensure that the job seekers themselves submit
personal letters of application for these positions.
searches are encouraged to recommend or require explicitly (in their position
announcements) that each candidate, to be assured of full consideration, should
submit a personal letter of application for and interest in the announced