Academic Job Hunts From Hell: Inappropriate, Hostile, and Awkward Moments

The Chronicle of Higher Education - David D. Perlmutter is a professor in and dean of the College of Media & Communication at Texas Tech University. He writes the "Career Confidential" advice column for The Chronicle. His book, Promotion and Tenure Confidential, was published by Harvard University Press in 2010.

A doctoral student on the job market described a truly uncomfortable moment during a campus visit. An assistant professor was giving her a campus tour. He stopped in front of an office filled with packing boxes and gestured inside, stating with a wistful air, "This is mine, or rather was. They are firing me; hence the opening." Then he stood there, waiting for her reaction. My informant was so shocked that she responded, "That's nice. ..."

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