I am coming to the job market this coming fall and a university that I am very interested in has a number of faculty positions that were posted simultaneously. Consequently, they are all positions that would be appropriate for me to apply to given my research.

Now, my question is-

  1. is it a faux pas to apply to more than one position in a department?

  2. Is this especially so with a competitive/elite university (e.g. Duke, MIT, University of Chicago, Standford, Carnegie Mellon, etc).

  3. Do elite universities care more about exact fit or research productivity?

To give an example of where I am coming from, imagine a junior scholar’s research area focused on “Diversity in Academia” (to use as an example). Within the past year, they have published in index journals on

  1. economic causes of diversity
  2. rates/trends in diversity
  3. a meta-analysis on diversity
  4. a large-scale experimental study on diversity

The university has positions on-

  1. policies of diversity
  2. economics of diversity
  3. diversity in education

In other words, all of my research is applicable to those three positions so I am uncertain how I should approach them.

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