This section describes the various steps in the hiring process. When you are getting ready to go on the job market, you should familiarize yourself with the details of the process, and in particular the deadlines you will need to meet to maximize your chances on the market.
Every school has a hiring committee, usually called the Faculty Appointments Committee, which screens prospective candidates and makes recommendations that are voted on by the entire faculty. Appointments Committees typically begin the screening process in mid-August for jobs to begin a year later. It is critical that you have all your materials ready by the beginning of August, which generally means you need to start working on them in earnest three or four months before then.