Thursday, January 19, 2012

The View From Your Window

Here we have two submissions from the same place. The first was taken last year late in the Fall; the second was taken at 10:30 yesterday morning.





I like the idea of turning it into a contest, so the first person to guess which school this is in comments wins... uh... nothing, other than bragging rights. Signed comments are preferred for this, although I don't know what kind of a sick person would submit a photo in order to then win a contest like this, anonymously. If somebody gets it, I'll announce the winner, and edit the post here to credit the submitters.

Thanks for all the submissions so far; we've got some nice ones coming down the pike. Keep 'em coming, Smokers.

Update: Carissa wins the contest. Nice work, Carissa. The photos are of Simon Fraser University, Burnaby B.C. The first was submitted by Holly Andersen, and is taken from her office. The second was submitted by Endre Begby and is taken from Philosophy Department Seminar Room, 10:30 AM. Thanks!

--Mr. Zero

22 comments:

Euthyphronics said...

Dunno what school it is, but I'm jealous!

Anonymous said...

Western Washington University in Bellingham, Washington?

Carissa said...

I'm positive that's the philosophy department at Simon Fraser University in Burnaby, BC. I have an almost identical picture to the first myself.

Anonymous said...

Simon Fraser??

Anonymous said...

Colorado, Boulder.

Anonymous said...

Simon Fraser.

Mr. Zero said...

The winner is: Carissa. I thought it would be tougher than that. Jeez. Nice work, Smokers.

Diogenes said...

So plainly this is just going to make me very, very jealous of other people's windows. Holy crap, Simon Fraser is in a beautiful location.

Mr. Zero said...

jealous

Yeah, most of the submissions so far have been shockingly beautiful. And, obviously, a substantial part of the motivation for doing this in this community, in particular, is that college campuses are frequently picturesque, lovely places.

I worry a little bit that I set the bar too high by leading off with such an incredible pair of pictures. The view from my window is nowhere near this awesome. But don't be shy, Smokers. Sharing your view with us isn't bragging about it. You're just letting us all have a look through your window.

Anonymous said...

After seeing those pictures, I think I have a new dream job.

Anonymous said...

"College campuses are frequently picturesque, lovely places."

"Frequently" is not the right word here. Unless "SLAC and R1" was implied.

There should be an "ugliest view" contest, too, so the other 90% of faculty and students can show you what our campuses frequently look like.

Anonymous said...

Thread Jack: Might some of the readers have information about UK fly-outs as compared to those stateside (e.g., how they are typically structured, number of candidates flown out, committee expectations, the time and manner of offer notifications, etc.).

Cheers, mates!

Anonymous said...

Great, this blog is turning into the lovechild of Leiter and Andrew Sullivan.

Anonymous said...

Should I give up hope if i haven't heard anything about an on-campus interview?

Anonymous said...

If it's not on the Wiki, I wouldn't give up hope yet. Some take place in February, and some SCs may not have scheduled yet. Notice the dates on when they've been scheduling campus visits. There have been at least a couple each day for the last several days, I believe, and that means there's no reason to assume they will suddenly stop.

Anonymous said...

12:53: I'm a postdoc in the UK, and have had a couple of fly-outs (or should I say, drive-outs and train-outs) for lecturing positions - they don't have tenure tracks here. Typically, there are at least 5 other candidates at this stage. There is no first-round interview, you get long listed (on the basis of cv), then shortlisted (on the basis letters of rec which are only then solicited and the writing sample).
All candidates are on campus on the same date (or spread over 2 consecutive days) where you have to give a presentation and conduct an interview - these dates are non-negotiable. You get refunded for reasonable expenses.
It's my experience that you can ask for a Skype interview for a postdoc, but not for a lecturing position. You hear by phone (or sometimes by e-mail) if you're successful within about 5 working days. Hope that helps.

Anonymous said...

The SC of one of my active applications said during the APA interview that they would probably decide about on campus what now turns out to be last week and I still haven't heard from them. I would have given up hope were it not they are still listed as first round on the Wiki. Would it be perceived as pushy if I e-mailed them now?

Anonymous said...

Would it be perceived as pushy if I e-mailed them now?

I would advise you not to do this. If they want to invite you to campus, they'll let you know.

Anonymous said...

Let me second 10:32's sentiment. Do not contact SCs at this stage. There is no upside. And some SCs will find it extremely irritating.

If it is possible to have a well-positioned and savvy representative inquiry on your behalf, that may perhaps be an alternative worth exploring. (Maybe others can weigh in here and offer good reasons for thinking this is wrong-headed.)

When I was on the job market, I had particularly hoped to receive an on-campus interview at "School A." The APA interview had seemed to me to go well (now I think these intuitions are entirely unreliable), but even into February I had still heard nothing from them. Moreover, by that time I had received a job offer from another school and consequently felt it was all the more pressing to communicate my interest to School A. And of course I was just desperate for information. These are all understandable feelings for anxious job seekers to have, but I was poorly positioned to engage in an effective conversation with the SC.

Fortunately, before doing anything stupid, I discussed the situation with my Ph.D program's placement advisor and he advised me -- wisely I think -- not to contact the school myself and risk annoying them, coming off as too desperate, or screwing things up in some other way. Instead, he contacted the SC on my behalf and that went fine. He not only discovered that they hadn't yet extended invitations for on-campus interviews, but he was also able to communicate to them that although I had another job offer, their school was my dream job. A few days later they called and I was invited to campus. (Eventually, I was offered the job and accepted. I was very very lucky.)

In this case, my placement advisor was a terrific help. However, I suspect that his primary accomplishment was to ease my anxiety. (Although letting the department know how excited I was about that particular school may have been helpful too.) So if you don't have an appropriate party to inquire on your behalf, I think the best course of action is to sit on your hands and wait quietly.

Westcoast Feminist said...

This is exactly the view that drew me out here to my career on the west coast. Glad to see that it won!

Anonymous said...

@ 9:16, it's one thing to say that one shouldn't contact a search committee just because one really wants to know one's status, because the waiting is to hard.

But it is absolutely standard practice--and utterly appropriate--to contact all the schools that (for all one knows) are still considering one when one gets a job offer.

9:16 said...

5:12:

That's a great point and seems exactly right. Thank you for pointing that out.