The first job candidate of the week . . .

The first job candidate of the week made it in last night – we’ll see if he can fly out on schedule tomorrow evening. The problem with flying out of Rochester or Syracuse in the winter time isn’t ROC or SYR – they know how to deal with winter up here. It’s getting the equipment out of, say, Philadelphia, NYC, or Chicago during a big winter event. I’m so used to de-icing now that the extra 20 minutes on the ground after we pull away from the gate doesn’t even surprise me.

Once again in the thick of the job season – but this time is it a mistake?

The second of four candidates for a tenure track studio position is here today, and a lot of other departments are going through the same procedure (I walked past a restaurant the other night and saw two tables of colleagues with candidates).

I worry about this year’s hires – and about the due date next week for position requests for NEXT year’s searches.

See – we’re in the middle of a curriculum revision. But the HIRING procedure is pretending that nothing will change. Maybe nothing will – this has not been an inspiring process and there doesn’t seem to be much passion in the discussions. Still, it’s a mistake to recruit a couple of entering classes purely into departmental major and minor curricula and not use at least a year’s worth of hires to provide some ooomph for the next thing.

If I were provost I might have declared this a Two Year Position Only year and put a hold on next year’s requests, promising a round of position requests over the summer to meet whatever new needs show up in the curriculum we vote on in March.

But I’m not provost!

Wow – this seems like a parody of campus sensitivity

Columbia University is going to allow law students to petition to postpone their exams if they are “sufficiently impaired” by their feelings about the recent grand jury decisions in racially charged cases. But it’s not.

I would think that students sufficiently involved in activism who are also attending law school out to be charged up with a passion to change things.

Guess not.