Thursday, June 18, 2020
The AALS has revised the FAR form. On the plus side, they've done away with the "community service" category; eliminated the need to explicitly rank the "preferred teaching subjects" (which always led to endless and pointless strategizing) and cut the "additional subjects" altogether (perhaps recognizing that the old "preferred subjects" were the key); and will permit candidates to upload a document with their references, so no more agonizing about the "big three" for the FAR form. On the negative side, it's no longer possible to print out a draft of the FAR form for review (that was dumb!). Candidates can still upload the CV, research agenda, and job talk, as before.