Grim Job Talks Are a Buzz Kill

July 18, 2012

You were one of only a handful of candidates we invited to campus. We wanted to like you. Hell, I wanted to love you. I am your potential future chair. When I became chair, I knew that bringing in strong faculty members was my best chance to leave a mark on the department and the college. I also knew that job searches were a drag on the little boat I would be trying to navigate through waters strewn with budget cuts, increased teaching loads, and fussy-somewhat-overworked faculty members. So I wanted the search to be over and for you to be here already.

But then your job talk started and my throat went dry and I felt that thumping in my temples. Read more of this article by Dan Shapiro at The Chronicle.

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