Managing your PhD student career: How to prepare for the job market

David R. Firth, Matt Germonprez, Jason Thatcher

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The job market for newly minted IS PhDs has been difficult since about 2003, and it does not appear that it will get any easier. To do well in such a difficult market requires being well prepared. This article summarizes and expands on the Conference Highlight panel session at AMCIS 2012, Seattle, and the AIS Webinar Series 2012 panel session for PhD students entitled "How to Prepare for the Job Market." This article targets PhD students, and their advisors who want to better understand the new faculty hiring process. We provide an extensive description of where, when, how, and how not to engage the marketplace when looking for a new faculty position.

Original languageEnglish
Article number5
Pages (from-to)87-104
Number of pages18
JournalCommunications of the Association for Information Systems
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2014


  • Faculty advisors
  • Faculty hiring
  • IS careers
  • PhD students
  • Placement


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