The second wave of job applications is underway; this is the long-term, apply-as-they-go visiting one-year (or sometimes 2 or 3) positions. These will open up as people who are in established positions, leave for other positions. Those openings will develop even into the summer. It's a matter of who leaves, how much notification they give, and if a visiting position is funded for the following year.
So, I have more information about how the job search goes, for humanities gigs in the Academy. The first wave of applications is usually due in about mid-November. Interviews are often accomplished in December, particularly if you're me and a big hiring confernence happens at the end of the month. Campus visits are largely done in January and February. Some universities will issue offers and receive acceptances by the end of February.
So far, and only by internet rumor, I have heard that about 10 universities (out of a list of over sixty) have offered positions which have been accepted. I sent out about 35 applications and have 5 formal rejections. So it's nearly the end of February and I am 0-5-and-30, in sports terms. 30 universities worth of silence.
This remains a puzzle; are those places not getting their top choices? Sending rejections at a leisurely pace? Unable to get the committee to meet? It's impossible to tell.
But the second wave, the visiting positions (and now and then a full tenure-track position) seem to come in February and March. I sent out applications for two visiting positions today and have another one to send, and then an application for a tenure-track gig at a very big, well-known, prestigious university at which I don't expect to end up, but who knows.
And, a free note about reading me:
I write entirely about my inner states, particularly in my more emotional posts, so when you see anger/fear/joy/something else here, it's like seeing an emotional snapshot. Sure, I don't like capitalism, and I am not in the least shy about stating that. But that too is a snapshot of my inner belief systems as they currently stand, in said snapshot. I am aware of the fact that I can use language with substantial force and at times with unwise impact. But, these are words on the page. Any impact they have, your reading mind is fully invited to mitigate. If the impact of reading me is unpleasant, I apologize currently and in advance, but I don't intend to mediate my portrayal of the unpleasantness of my job search, in order to make this blog less edgy. I won't sacrifice honesty for ease; where I need edginess to express pain that I'm in, edginess you get. So be it.