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The faculty gossip with students about their colleagues' teaching. If a student is angry with you, they will actually use statements made by other faculty you thought were your friends. Most of the faculty get rewarded for teaching nothing in their courses. It's perfectly acceptable to play videos in your classes all semester. Even after holding two sessional appointments, the faculty never let you into their circle. You always feel like an outsider in this department and unworthy to be there. The faculty hold yearly teaching evaluations with the dean and two students. You know nothing about this until the faculty appoint two students who hate you enough to actually slander you on the committee. When you try to defend yourself and even receive letters of support from students to prove those were slanderous comments, the faculty will treat you even more like an outsider and call you crazy. This is, by far, the most toxic department I have ever been a part of and the administration is utterly useless in helping you. You have to make friends with people in other departments to survive Bishop's. The people in sociology are fake and get off on bullying junior faculty and trying to make them feel horrible about themselves. The only conversations you have with faculty involve them disparaging a previous instructor who taught your courses. None of the faculty have any experience teaching methods, so they base this opinion entirely on what students say, although they take opinions from students with the lowest grade in your course.
June 2011. I was offered a phone interview for a full time faculty position that doubled as the program director at one of their off-campus locations. The person calling me offered me a date and time for an interview. I accepted the interview, but let her know that I would be out of the country and asked if it would be any trouble for them to conduct the interview via an international call, and that I could provide the exact number where I could be reached in the U.K. The person fumbled and stammered on the phone and said, "Well, I don't think we can do that." I then asked if I could try interviewing from the U.S on a different day. The person said, "I don't know. The Dean wants this done on that day." I offered to initiate the international call on the original date and time that was suggested, to alleviate any stress or problems on their behalf. The person setting the appointment seemed upset that I was trying to find alternative solutions, but scheduled the date and time of the interview anyway, and asked me to call her 48 hours before the interview just to make sure that it would be all right to conduct this interview over an international call. Mind you, this is all over a PHONE interview, not a face-to-face meeting.
I am intentionally leaving the subject area blank as I quite literally FEAR this institution. There's a more than negligible chance they would come after me in a litigious manner assuming they could prove I wrote this. I was hired tenure track as an Asst Prof. The first year went pretty good. I got excellent teaching evaluations and had several publications. The bad side was that there was quite a difference of opinion when it came to how I spent my time outside of committees, research, advising, and teaching (you know, the normal things professors do). There was constant pressure to go to every football and basketball game. There was constant pressure to have an on campus presence 8 hours a day, 5 days a week. They wanted your soul. It seems this difference of opinion was more serious than I thought as I was fired during the following year. There was no explanation, just a 30 second meeting where I was told my contract wasn't being renewed. I just found out that one of the head coaches was also fired without cause and he has a 5 year contract! He had just bought a house with his poor wife and kid and this one stoplight town. They'll likely have to foreclose. Bottom line: there is zero job security here. I really think the only way you are somewhat protected is if you subscribe to the Baptist cult and understand your subservient role. [posted April 2012]
Sloppy department and committee members picked me up with their cars. First one was a two-seat tiny sportscar, completely cramped. Second was the guy with tons of large white dog hairs everywhere that got all over my suit before my presentation. The search chair bragged non-stop about himself and in a two-day period drove me past the broadcast facility three times but wouldn't let me see it--he told me I wouldn't come there if I saw it so they wouldn't show it to me! When it came time to meet the dean his secretary said they had failed to set up an appointment and the dean wasn't free! They wanted me to teach a five-class per semester load at $20,000 less than I now make! And it's in a pretty depressing small town--there is certainly nothing to brag about at EKU! (Feb. 2012)
Underpaid, overworked, underresourced - December 2010: The salaries WVU offers new tenure-track faculty are 20,000 below the national average as recorded in the Chronicle for Higher Education (think mid 40K, little start-up $, no time off or course reduction before tenure, and little or no library resources, a major airport with real flights that is 1.5-2 hours away, no raises or promise of raises in the future, no family leave policies whatsoever, and very poor and expensive state run health insurance). Impossible to get research done with all the hidden labor around teaching, advising, and service. Think twice before applying here.
I taught for two years at the AULA campus and on the whole had very great colleagues and some amazing students, but the administration rivals what one would find in a totalitarian regime. The faculty has zero power and Antioch might as well be producing widgets for all the attention the university gives to student learning. The classrooms at AULA are antiquated (I've worked in high schools with vastly superior resources) and the only incentive at this institution is to make money - lots and lots of it. It was easily the strangest place I have ever worked. Antioch University bears no resemblance to the now defunct but once great liberal arts college of the same name. AAUP recenlty sanctioned Antioch for its lack of transparency in dealing with the closure of the college and the dismissal of tenured faculty. For the record: I was an interim appointment who did not get the full-time position (they gave it to a very talented woman whose credentials were more in line with the program I was running). Rather than being bitter about this experience (which one might be), I'm so incredibly grateful to not have to work at this place anymore. Being unemployed feels better than having a job at Antioch.
invites more candidates for MLA interviews than the SC have time to interview. Double books interview appointments and bumps whichever interviewee confirms his/her appointment last. There's no indication that there's anything tentative about your appointment until they write to tell you've they've dumped you for someone else.
What a disappointment. Poisonous booth interview, one interviewer extremely hostile, 20 minutes of being lectured to without much of a chance to present myself. Admitted that they had made the job announcement as general as possible to attract applicants - then told me there were no caps on the classes and I could have as many as 250 students a semester with no TA's. Won't be making a decision until early May. Of the five interviews I had at CAA this year, this was the worst. (2008)
Never tenure anyone, ever, regardless of quality. Equal opportunity. Black turned down as often as white. Tenure lines extended illegally rather than tenure person sometimes. Tenured sociology faculty cancel about half their classes. One faculty told students that she was cancelling because she had a beauty shop appointment. One tenured faculty used a non-tenured faculty as a runner to pay her bills.
The person who called me for an interview mixed me up with someone else and called at the wrong time based on the time zone. Think, my appointment was for nine in the morning and came at six. And the person was rude to me about it! Once we established that it was an error in time zones, the person did not apologize and was really somewhat belligerant throughout. I was very glad not to hear from them after that interview, and when I read the two above ("any" and "English") I got a little flashback of that interview. Wow, nervy, that's all I can say...
Department chair scheduled a phone interview, but never called. It took months to schedule a campus visit and SC changed the format of job talk at the last minute. On campus: there was no meeting with the dean, some faculties were hostile and said they didn't want to hire anyone, one SC member cancelled dinner meeting while the other showed up 40 minutes early, department chair cancelled an interview at whim, program director failed to show up for his own interview, university librarian stood up the candidate and later explained that nobody made an appointment with him that day. One outside faculty warned that the department was trying hard to sabotage this job search and was too dysfunctional to do anything. Was asked inappropriately personal questions. No official rejection call or mail.
I would seriously caution anyone entertaining the possibility of going to UNH. I went through the interview process and was in talks with one of the committee members who was not only insulting and officious, but the offer was nearly 20k than what I am getting now as an ABD instructor who will defend in April. They did offer the caveat that I could adjunct to "make up" the difference to bring it to a still less than livable wage. We all understand that in this current economic environment hard choices are being made, but what you "live with" should be "livable." The head of the search committee, after asking me if the "salary" was a problem, felt it necessary to add "Well, some of the other candidates don't have a problem with the money." When I asked about supplementing the income, I was informed that other teaching could be offered. So... full load teaching, and still not making enough to pay rent, loans, etc? What concerns me most is the unabashed rudeness and complete disrespect for me and my work. After apparently interviewing successfully with them at MLA, I found that I was being reassessed by the "smaller committee" before being presented to the larger search committee of eight members. If you are going to apply for a "joint appointment" that means dealing with twice the personalities and dysfunction. Buyer beware. If my experience is an any indication of their "practices," think twice. 1/28 2b1af7f3a8