The Campus Interview

Every time I’ve served on a faculty search committee — five so far — we’ve invited three or four candidates to the campus for two-day visits. Each of those searches resulted in one of two clear outcomes: an obvious front-runner or a failed search. How the candidates came across in person was the determining factor.

As search-committee members, we read all sorts of self-promotional cover letters and glowing recommendations from strangers — and take them with a grain of salt. But our in-person interactions with candidates? Those we take at face value. What you say and do won’t be debated or understood from multiple perspectives. The person you present during your visit to our campus is the person the committee will assume you to be. → continue reading

Manya Whitaker