For about 5 years prior to entering my PhD program, I spent time doing BA level research in my field (social sciences, in America). These positions were at non-profit companies and I am now looking for an assistant professorship at an R1/R2 school in the same field. Do search committees value industry experience (even if it didn’t result in publications)? The skills are obviously transferrable, and the experience has made me better-rounded scholar. Most of the cover letters I read are essentially an overview of current/recent research and teaching experience, so I do not want to waste time providing non-pertinent information or seem like I’m padding.

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