http://chronicle.com/img/subscribe-footer.pngBy Anne-Marie Womack and Rebecca L. Harris. Both of us were on the job market in English a year before the Modern Language Association announced a partnership with Interfolio aimed at helping candidates defray the costs of job hunting. We had each applied for about 100 jobs and spent hundreds of dollars sending out application materials to departments. Our savings from the MLA's new effort would have amounted to $19, the cost of a now-waived Interfolio annual membership fee.  It's a good sign that the disciplinary societies want to help candidates streamline the process of finding an academic job, but meaningful change will occur only if we improve the procedures of hiring departments. Read more...