The Unknown Adjunct

April 10, 2009

Piled Higher and Now Stinkier

Filed under: Applications,job placement — unknownadjunct @ 5:17 pm
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The madness goes on …

Latest money quote: “Search committees routinely discard applications from those deemed too good.”

Now say that again, s-l-o-w-l-y. Take a deep breath, let the oxygen reach your brain. Ummm, yeah … I can just hear the conversation:
Search committee member Beelzelbub: Wow, this candidate has a really high-flying set of credentials. Really rises above the crowd.
Search committee member Abaddon: Sounds too good to be true. There must be something wrong down in the depths somewhere that we’re not seeing. I say we deep-six this one.
Search committee chair Belial: I agree, this candidate won’t be happy here with us. Let’s reject.
Beelzelbub: Well, that kind of flies in the face of logic, but you’re the boss.

Say it ain’t so, Shoeless Joe! What organization in their right mind would willingly turn down high-quality talent in favor of mediocre talent? Right now, there’s lots of talent chasing just a few jobs, so why in the heck would a department pass up a chance to up the quality of their talent pool at a bargain price?

Actually, I think the logic for these folks works better if you turn it around. It’s not that the high-talent person would be unhappy being in a department that prides itself on mediocrity.
Instead, those in the department are unhappy at the idea of someone with talent moving in.

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