It'd be funny if it were happening to someone else.
Friday, October 3, 2008
Guest Post: Deal-Killers
Mister Philosophyhead is back, with his second guest post. This dude is definitely growing on me. -- PGOAT
Now that we have settled all the more pressing issues of philosophy job marketeers everywhere, like what that crossed-out date on the APA site meant, or how great my playlist is compared to yours, or anything involving you telling me stuff about the market that I already know or should have known, assuming that I am really enrolled in graduate school and interacting with real faculty members and real other graduate students on a regular basis, rather than someone who just happened to stumble on this blog by accident and who writes posts to fulfill some sort of Chuck Plahniuk or whatever his name is type fantasy of pretending to share in other people's suffering for the sake of personal catharis or just to alleviate boredom (in the movie anyway it was unclear which it was exactly), well, maybe then we can get around to some simpler issues for folks like me. So here is an unresolved question from my last post which I have been thinking about.
Suppose you got hired recently and there is something you now know about your new department or school which would have made you think twice about accepting the job. But of course, nobody told you before you were hired. It could be something weird though not necessarily deal-breaking, like that half the department are practicing Wiccans. Or maybe something not so weird but potentially deal-killing, like [redacted for the sake of author's and author's friend's anonymity]. I have three questions about this, one theoretical, one practical, and one solely for entertainment:
(1) Does the head of the search committee have an obligation to tell you these weird or potentially deal-killing facts before your accept an offer?
(2) Assuming the head of the search committee does not fulfill such an obligation, how do I go about finding out?
(3) Any stories?
Thanks again, PJMBers. I've gotta go update my iPod now!