Mr. Zero's back with some handy suggestions for improving the Eastern APA. For more thoughts and comments on how to improve the APA as an organization in general, check out this from David Velleman over at the good professor's blog and in the comments there.--STBJD
With the Eastern Division APA Meeting for the 08-09 academic year behind us, I already find myself thinking ahead to next year, since this year was a total wash. Here are some ideas to help make future APAs better, since this one was an unmitigated disaster.
1. Let's try to have an economy. By August, if at all possible. Really, ASAP.
2. I see why the job-fair conference is between Christmas and New Year's, and I see why it's on the east coast. But it really doesn't have to ever be in New York, and if it's going to be in NYC, it doesn't have to be in Times Square, and if it's going to be in Times Square, it doesn't have to be at the Hilton. We're philosophers, not investors or Ponzi-scheme masterminds. Please don't put us in the most expensive hotel on the most expensive block of the most expensive city in the nation. Jeez.
3. It shouldn't be in Boston, either.
4. I thought Baltimore wasn't bad.
5. How about Providence? Wouldn't Providence probably be okay? Maybe Hartford? Or someplace like Richmond, Va? It seems to me that we're looking for a city big enough to have its own airport, and to have a hotel big enough to have the necessary conference facilities, but that normal people can afford to visit. Times Square isn't it.
6. And if you're going to hold it at a big, expensive hotel, could you throw us a fricking bone and reserve a block of rooms at the nearest TravelLodge or EconoLodge? This Hilton/Marriott shit is killing me.
7. In fact, there's really no reason to put it in a big hotel. Why not put it on a college campus? Campuses have plenty of rooms for presentations; bigger rooms for the big interview clusterfuck; space for a big reception; plenty of (less expensive) hotel rooms nearby; a lot of them are near major airports or are within driving distance of major cities. Why aren't we doing this?
What am I missing? Discuss.