Rankophiles (n. pl., people who are in love with "rankings") might be interested to learn that Brian Leiter has identified the top three "Rising Stars" among newly hired junior faculty in philosophy. The stars (Agnes Callard, Matthew Kotzen and Japa Pallikkathayil) earned their rank, according to Leiter, by exhibiting a level of "talent and promise" that "resulted in the most [job] offers from leading departments this past year." So, if you weren't already sweating under enough pressure from this profession, these rising stars ought to give you new reasons to stay up at night.
As I've said before, I'm neither an enthusiastic advocate nor a staunch opponent of rankings per se... though I'm certainly more in favor of ranking programs than I am of ranking individual philosophers. But, what actually perplexes me about this story is the criterion that was used. How can anyone possibly know who received the most job offers from leading departments in any given year?
This is a genuine question. I really don't know. My assumption was that job offers (especially ones that are eventually declined) were, for the most part, kept confidential. Can anyone explain?