Confessions from My Campus Visit Interviews
This is going to be a short post. Some of the details have been changed to protect the innocent (and myself). There are more, but I am not posting them here because they might be too specific. Here are some wild and unexpected things that happened to me during my campus visits. Fun times. That was sarcasm, in case you missed it.
- Someone interviewing me told me that they had cancer. This happened on two separate campus visits. Once this happened when I was alone in the car with them driving to the campus. The other time happened when I was dining with them alone. This was just awful and horribly sad.
- A professor disagreed with me that clean drinking water should be a basic human right. I am not sure how we even got on this path, but we did. I think I lost that prof’s support when the decision time came. Whatevs.
- Someone tried to get me to bad mouth the department where I currently worked.
- People have asked me who I know in the field and opinions about them.
- Someone ogled my breasts.
- A prof told me that the whole tenure-track system was just a way for the universities to get money. All they care about is grant funding and bottom lines. You don’t want this job. It is nothing like you think it is going to be, and you will be miserable.
- One professor admitted to self-injuring behaviors because of the stress associated with the job.
- I was told that the ratio of single men to single women for the community was high, so there was a hoard of nerdy guys looking for action. (I rephrased this to summarize a long, awkward conversation).
- Repeatedly told: You don’t want to work here.
I am now off the tenure track. You can read about it here. If you aren’t sure that you are a good fit for the tenure track, check out this and this. If you have any anecdotes from your campus visits, share them in the comments.