This morning, I did something that I wish I hadn’t done. My internet research skills are a bit too good, I fear. As a result, I found out a lot about the person who got the job from last month.
While of course I am not going to say anything to compromise this person’s anonymity, a few things struck me:
- They picked a white dude. For a school that claims to champion diversity, this seems like an odd pick. The department is already half white dudes.
- He is either ABD or just graduated last month. This means he has no graduate teaching experience, and this job focused on graduate-level teaching.
- This person is not a particularly good writer. He has one publication out, and reading it gave me a headache.
- He has only one or two conference presentations, and none at highly regarded national conferences.
To be honest, I don’t know what to make of this. My credentials are obviously stronger, and I promise that I didn’t do anything weird or unsavory during my campus visit. I see more and more that maybe I just don’t have what people are looking for. I feel like I did everything I was told and did everything right, but it just wasn’t enough.
I realize that playing the comparison game can get ugly and unproductive really quickly. That said, I feel like I need to see what it is that distinguishes these people from me so that I have a prayer of ever getting a real job. What am I missing?