Thursday, July 18, 2019
Last year it was the addition of the silly but harmless "student leadership" and "community service" sections, this year it's more consequential: candidates can now upload their job talk papers along with their FAR form, CV and research agenda. But of course many candidates are still polishing their job talk papers because they expected, reasonably enough, that they would have until the first FAR distribution in eary-to-mid-August to get them ready for circulation. So I expect many candidates will not upload a job talk paper initially, and hiring schools shouldn't draw any adverse inferences from that given that AALS just sprung this on everyone.
It would be nice if the AALS would alert member schools well in advance of these changes, so we can advise candidates to prepare accordingly.