Spouses on academic interviews?
February 7, 2010 8:27 AM Subscribe
The search committee encouraged Mr. Anonymous to bring me on his campus interview. Huh? Do I go? And if so, how do I handle it gracefully?
posted by anonymous to Work & Money (16 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
Mr. Anonymous has been invited to a campus interview at a doctoral intensive institution. The chair of the search committee suggested that I come along to to scope out the area. Now, I know I have no business being at any of the interview related events. I have searched the forums at the Chronicle, and can't find any answers relevant to this situation, one where the SC has instigated the spousal accompaniment.
We are certainly very interested in the school and in the area. I would love to have the opportunity to look at neighborhoods, grocery stores, restaurants, schools, etc. But I also don't want to jeopardize Mr. Anonymous' candidacy in any way. Should we go a little early and pay for an extra night in the hotel? Should we tell the SC chair that I'll be there? If I go, I figured I would leave early. All of this is complicated by the fact that I know someone in the same department, (but who is not on the SC, and not even in the same field as Mr. Anonymous), whom I would very much like to visit. Is this ethical?
I am also an academic, but planning on leaving the tower. Will my presence in town be construed as a possible bid for a spousal appointment? I'm NOT interested in one, and Mr. Anonymous will make that clear at the appropriate time, but we all know how people like to read motivation where there isn't any.
TIA for the sage advice.