Friday, February 10, 2012

View #4



A bit of winter. 8:19am.

As always, the first person to guess which campus this is wins the right to brag about it. Signed comments are preferred, although you have the right to win without taking credit. Once somebody gets it, I'll announce the winner, confirm the campus, and credit the submitter.

Update, Monday morning: I'm calling it. It seems like this view was the toughest one so far. We're looking at a view from Northern Michigan University, Marquette, MI, submitted by Antony Aumann. But Chrono, who didn't realize that whoever guessed UCLA was kidding, gets an honorable mention for the closest guess, Western Michigan. (Although, looking at the map, it seems that Minnesota-Duluth is closer to Marquette than Kalamazoo is. But I don't think that's what "closest guess" means.)

Thanks for playing everybody, and better luck next time.

--Mr. Zero

28 comments:

Anonymous said...

UCLA ?

Anonymous said...

It's some sort of South African university, because you can see in the distance the "prawn" alien ship hovering over Distict 9.

wv: oupect; suspected "work for hire" philosopher

Anonymous said...

Cornell?

chrono said...

Yes, UCLA frequently gets that much snow.

Also, I would love to be able to park that close to my office.

Also, Western Michigan University?

Anonymous said...

Nowhere State University.

CTS said...

RIT?

Anonymous said...

SUNY Buffalo

Anonymous said...

Chrono Gets Jokes University

Unemployed Philosopher said...

University of Utah

James said...

Idaho?

Anonymous said...

University of Minnesota, Duluth

Anonymous said...

chrono: anon 10:53 here. One word for you: Bazinga!

chrono said...

You got me. It was a long day.

Anonymous said...

kent state

JD said...

U of Regina?

Anonymous said...

A rare snowy scene at the University of Memphis?

Bobcat said...

Rutgers?

Anonymous said...

Missouri Western State University?

Anonymous said...

Xavier University, Cincinnati?

Anonymous said...

Northern Illinois Univ

Anonymous said...

Gordon College?

Anonymous said...

Northern Michigan Univ in Marquette, WI.

Anonymous said...

Hope nobody minds if I ask a non-window related question:

Suppose that dept. X invited several candidates for on-campus interviews; you were one of the on-campus visitors; and you know that the last on-campus visit occurred on day Y. Say that day Y+N is the day on which you should give up hope that you are dept. X's Chosen One. Then what is N? Bonus question: What time on day Y+N should be the moment at which you give up hope? Should you give up hope in the evening, so that the setting sun jives with the death of your hope of landing a job at dept. X? Related question: If you know (or educatedly guess) that dept. X make up their minds quickly, how should that change the answer? Do depts usually contact their Chosen One immediately after they make up their minds? Or do they usually have to draw up a formal offer (including compensation, benefits, etc.)? How long does it usually take to put the formal offer together?

Anonymous said...

1:45: If N>5 or so (or if you were told by the department when they planned to make their decision), just write and ask, very politely. No one will be offended.

Anonymous said...

Look, in nearly every case, the first person to get an offer will not immediately accept because they have other options -- or they have other possible options they are waiting on. This can take weeks.

It seems, to me at least, there's very real chance the first candidate will turn down the offer. (It's probably even *likely*.) So, you should not completely give up hope for any N less than, say 15.

Anonymous said...

Anon 1:45,

Don't give up hope too quickly. There are two main reasons, I think, that an offer might come your way after a lengthy delay:

1. Bureaucratic delays. Departments can't just decide for themselves and then make an offer. They need to meet, make a decision, send their decision to the dean, etc. That can take time. I waited several weeks to receive my offer because of wrangling over bureaucratic procedure above the department level.

2. The "first choice candidate" turns down the offer. If the department offers the job to Candidate C, C might take a while deciding. Maybe C is waiting to hear from another job or using X's offer to bargain for a better deal from another institution. And if C turns down the offer, the department may or may not have to go through more bureaucracy to make you an offer. Maybe this means that you're not the department's "Chosen One," but being their lower-case-'c' chosen one is good enough!

I would suggest waiting at least a week after the last campus visit before you email asking about the status of the job search. But if you've waited that long, I don't think there's anything wrong with a polite inquiry.

To answer your other question: Do wait until the evening to give up hope. You don't need to compound your disappointment with the awkwardness of explaining why you're drunk at 11:00 AM.

zombie said...

For all the reasons noted above, it can take several weeks (not days!) for an offer to be made. And the phone call can come in the evening, so, allowing for time zone differences, don't give up until late at night.

The customary time to accept an offer is two weeks, but that can and will be extended for candidates with multiple offers, or multiple campus visits. So, allowing for the possibility that you are not the first choice, add at least two-three weeks to any timeline you imagine, but add another week for the offer to go through the SC, the dept chair, the dean, and then for the offer to be written up. In two searches in my dept this year (I was not on the SC), the SC put forward to the entire dept their selection about a week after the last campus visit.

imprecise said...

I got my offer a month and a half after the last on campus interview. I was the second choice.