Should I send this letter to a search chair at a SLAC?
January 31, 2014 11:29 AM Subscribe
I am considering rescinding my application for employment at a SLAC - I am fairly certain they have invited candidates to interview since my initial follow-ups, but have been wholly unresponsive to my questions. The goal of this letter is to change their behavior so that they are not rude during future job searches. I think I would have liked this job, but do not want employment there if the search process is indicative of department dynamics. Letter enclosed. If you think I ought to send it, any suggestions for revision are welcome.
posted by anonymous to Education (72 answers total) 5 users marked this as a favorite
Here is the letter.
Dear [search chair at SLAC]
This letter will be the 5th time and last time I reach out to you since our phone interview on December 2Xth, 2013. Admittedly, the thank you card I mailed shortly after our interview did not necessarily warrant a response, but I did expect even an acknowledgement of the follow-up emails on the 0Xth of January and the 2Xth of January, or the phone message I left you on the 2Xth of January. Part of the reason I have applied for employment at [SLAC] is because schools like [SLAC] have made a commitment to the inherent dignity of each person and a commitment to interaction on a personal level. While I understand it is difficult to respond personally when there are 11X applicants for a job, I thought I might deserve a mere response to an email when the applicant pool is down to eight. I would like to rescind my application to join your department. Please consider being more responsive to future job applicants.
cc [other members of search committee]