A job seeker writes:
I'm a recent Philosophy PhD and I'm on the job market. I also published my first book with [name omitted] in 2015. However, it seems that the publication of the book has not influenced my prospects.
So I wonder if monographs make a difference to hiring committees when dealing with early career scholars?
Do large research universities no longer place much weight on the publication of books?
To preserve anonymity, I've omitted the name of the publisher of the book--it's an established publishing house, but was not close to the top 7 the last time I surveyed reader opinion about publishers. My own sense is that a book from one of the major presses in philosophy would be a huge boost, but that it is too easy to get a book published by the less prestigious presses, and so, at least with major research universities, that won't count for much. What do readers think?