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Saturday, April 01, 2006

Interview recap

Short version: the whole shebang seemed to go off pretty well, and I came away impressed by the university and the surrounding area.

Highlights:
  • The faculty laughed, a lot, during my job talk (which was of the reading-off-notes variety, not the formal, reading-a-40-minute-paper variety), and I was told by several members that it was one of the best/most interesting job talks they'd heard.
  • The English department is in a gorgeous building with great facilities, and all the offices have windows.
  • The department is very young (after a wave of retirements, they've been doing A LOT of hiring) and mostly populated with faculty members from very good Ph.D. programs doing interesting work.
  • Although the university is largely a teaching school (3/3 load), there's lots of support for research, and all the tenured faculty have a couple of books to their names.
  • English is one of the largest majors, and the majors I met were fun and engaged.
  • Real estate is dirt cheap.
  • The location is in/near a medium-sized city with a good airport and a good arts scene.
  • Start-up funds!
So, we'll see if they liked me as well as I liked them. It must be said that the location isn't entirely ideal (it's the better part of a day's drive to anyone I care about; I'd need a car to get around; the area is famous for a particular kind of weather that I could do without), but it's certainly not unappealing. It might not be someplace I'd stay forever, but it seems as though it would be a warm and nurturing place to start out. And dammit, I deserve some nurturing for a change!*


*A couple of the recent hires know my advisor, and so over drinks I had to bust out my stories of early trauma at her hands. They were gratifyingly appalled.


link | posted by La Lecturess at 4:28 PM |


15 Comments:

Blogger ABDmom commented at 4:49 PM~  

Hooray! Sounds like things went VERY well. I'm keeping my fingers crossed for you!

Anonymous Anonymous commented at 5:05 PM~  

Huzzah, Lecturess! We're all rooting for you!

Blogger timna commented at 6:31 PM~  

sounds good.

Blogger Hieronimo commented at 7:28 PM~  

Good luck! fingers crossed.

Do they require a book for tenure?

Blogger La Lecturess commented at 8:06 PM~  

Hieronimo: a book or 5-6 articles in reputable journals (and if one takes the latter option, half of the articles must be from a project other than the dissertation).

Everyone who's been recently tenured does have a book (plus unrelated articles), but it's nice that the institution recognizes that, with a 3/3 load and no pretenure leave, some faculty might *not* be able to get a book out in their first several years.

Anonymous Anonymous commented at 8:41 PM~  

Major congrats, sis... very proud of you!

spring break is over, time for another quarter..

Looking forward to seeing you at the end of May.

-scr

Blogger Tiruncula commented at 9:31 PM~  

Sounds like good vibes all around! I can't wait to hear...

Blogger Ancrene Wiseass commented at 10:27 PM~  

Hooray! Sounds like it went very well.

Blogger RLM commented at 12:23 AM~  

Woo-hoo, sounds awesome! Good luck, and hope to see you soon to hear more about it!

Blogger phd me commented at 12:38 AM~  

This is great news!! Fingers are crossed for more to come!

Blogger Sfrajett commented at 12:43 AM~  

Sounds like a perfect first job--friendly, respectful, ambitious, nurturing, stimulating. I'm keeping my fingers crossed. They'll be lucky to get you!

Blogger medieval woman commented at 11:19 AM~  

That's great! Did they say when they were making their decision? Congrats!

Blogger Tabitha Grimalkin commented at 11:58 AM~  

Sounds like it was a great interview all around! Congrats! I hope you get some good news about this position soon.

Blogger Dr. Virago commented at 4:28 PM~  

Sounds like a job not unlike my own and I'm very satisfied so far with mine. So yay -- keeping my fingers crossed for you!!

Anonymous What Now? commented at 10:55 PM~  

Fingers crossed!

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