“A tenure-track job is surely a valuable commodity, but would you pay for a shot at one?” Inside Higher Education reports that “A listing for a faculty painting position at Colorado State University attracted some heat on Twitter when several academics noticed the $15 fee attached to the position.
“The job ad states simply: ‘In lieu of postage and duplication costs you will be charged a fee of $15.’ Gary Voss, chair of Colorado State’s art department, confirmed in an e-mail to Inside Higher Ed that there is a fee for applying for the position. The fee, he said, is paid to SlideRoom.com, the site that hosts the job listing and that applicants use to submit their portfolio. SlideRoom, which is used by a number of colleges and universities, is an applicant management system that allows for the transmission and organization of forms, references, creative materials and other parts of an application package. Colleges use the site for student applications as well as faculty applications. Voss said Colorado State pays $1,850 for an annual subscription to SlideRoom and shares a portion of the application cost — $1.50 per application — with prospective faculty members. An application for an art faculty position requires 20-40 work samples, Voss noted, and with about 80 applicants expected, he said it becomes hard for the hiring committee to keep track of CDs or slides. SlideRoom helps streamline the process