I am officially on the market now for an academic job for fall 2009. The ADE list came out yesterday, and the earliest deadlines for applications are around October 15th, though most are past November 1st. My dissertation defense is either October 14 or 16, so I should be able to send out most, if not all, of my materials with the news that I’ve passed the defense (assuming, of course, that I do). Much of the rest of this month will consist of doing the appropriate research on each institution, putting application packets together, and mailing them out. It’s a daunting task full of portentous decisions, and I’m very, very glad I got the dissertation draft behind me before all this began.