First, I just want to say thank you for all the great comments and feedback on the vasectomy post! There’s no immediate rush to make a decision TODAY, so I think we’re going to take a little time still, but its been great to hear your experiences and thoughts on the matter!
I know you’re all probably getting really sick of hearing about my interview again and again.
If you’re new or need a refresher to jog your memory, check out this post first so you have some context of what I’m talking about….
So my interview (the “real” interview) is Monday.
I’m about 90% ready at this point. Got my interview outfit mostly ready to go (I say “mostly” because we have a safe that has some of my jewelry in it – I rarely wear anything aside from my wedding band – but I really want to wear pearls for the interview and I CANNOT FOR THE LIFE OF ME REMEMBER THE SAFE COMBINATION!!! ARGH!!! I’m going to work on figuring that out this weekend.)
My presentations are mostly done. I’ll be giving two presentations: A longer one that serves as a teaching demonstration, and a shorter one on “My Vision of Teaching in Higher Education.”
In reference to the second one, I have a question to throw out there…
During the presentation, should I be keeping things more general (e.g., “I see education moving toward increasing online options, hybrid classrooms, etc.) or should I also include more personal things about my actual experience and education (e.g., “I can do this better than other candidates because I possess [X knowledge] that will help with the transition as more classes move toward an online format.”) I put these sentences in quotes, but I likely wouldn’t state things so bluntly….
I guess my real question is do I keep the talk specifically about teaching in higher education??? OR do I talk about how I will be the most effective instructor for the changing student and university needs?
Basically, do I reference my “competition” or not (by saying I’d be the best, it’s implying “better than the other candidates”)?
I’ll be meeting with people all day long, so I could certainly keep the talk more general about teaching in higher education and slip in the personal experiences bit in my individual meetings. Just wanted to see what you all think about it.
AND, I’ve been in talks with the “not a real interview” university. They’re flying me out in late March – paying for the flights, a hotel, and a rental car, as well meals while I’m in town.
I still feel super weird about it. The most recent email, the search chair’s last sentence was (quote): “We’re really excited this is going to work, Ashley!”
What does that even mean?? Excited WHAT is going to “work out”???
We’ve established that there’s not currently a position available (see the whole post I wrote about that here). It could be that one is opening up soon, or this is just good HR to make a connection for when a position does come available. I’m going to see this out until it reaches a natural conclusion, as one reader suggested. But my HOPE is that I get the “real interview” job, and if that’s the case, then this whole trip feels a little moot. It would certainly be conflicting IF I were to land a position here in Arizona, get started, get situated, and then end up being offered a position at the “not a real interview” university the following year (my guess is it would be a full year later, since academic positions usually start in August….though not always).
Anyway, I just wanted to give you all an update about that. So my interview outfit will get worn at least twice this year, lol. Speaking of, remember how I used my birthday money to purchase the suit? I was hoping I’d end up with some money leftover to throw at debt, but it didn’t work out that way. I really, really wanted to get a nice suit. There were several options I saw that would have been “okay” and in a much cheaper range (some as low as $60 for the coat + pants) but it was cheaper material, no inner lining on the coat, etc. I wanted something a bit nicer than that. In the end I purchased a $300 suit from Ann Taylor online, taking a leap of faith and hoping the fit would be okay. I was really pleasantly surprised with how nice it is and I think it looks really sharp. But between the suit + my hair cut/color, I wasn’t left with any money leftover for an additional debt payment. To be clear, I still made our normal monthly debt payment, but just not an extra one.
So that’s it for now. I’ve gotta wrap up my presentation (so suggestions on that would be awesome!). Hope you all have a great Friday as we head into the weekend!