austin_dern (austin_dern) wrote,
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austin_dern

Just like the flowers I am growing wild

Another day, another job rejection. This was an ugly one from my point of view: my father noticed a position at a nearby community college, just one year and slightly underpaying but also potentially tenure-track (I'm not sure that I'd want to be tenure-track at a small community college, but it would surely be a better place to negotiate contracts from elsewhere), posted a couple weeks ago and with a deadline ... that day, actually, and it was already past the close-of-business. So I did the best I could, and e-mailed the department contact with my introduction, apologies, and attachments of my CV and my American Mathematical Society cover sheet. The next day I got the response: since my materials were not received by the deadline I was ineligible for this position but do please continue checking for future job postings.

At the risk of declaring them sour grapes, if they're that hung up on a deadline that they can't take being a couple of hours late with the initial application they're probably stuffed to the gills with unreasonable and arbitrary rules and would drive me crazy to work at anyway. (I may be spoiled by my experience in Singapore, admittedly, where a reasonable bit of looseness about deadlines is forgiven as inevitable human failings. I'm not joking or being sarcastic about this: except for fast-food coupons I was never denied something just because I was a reasonable little bit past a deadline.)

But as one job that wasn't open to me gets closed off, another job that I won't get appears: my thesis advisor sent me a note about an adjunct position available at a college in the Hudson Valley. It's just for one term -- with a possibility for a second -- and I don't know that it'd be worth it financially to take a position like that which would carry me out of realistic range for my well-paid extruded office product, but it would be nice to be back to a job where I understood what it was I was being paid for.

Trivia: Architect Ithiel Town built the Connecticut State Capitol on New Haven Green from 1827 to 1831. The building, a replica of the Parthenon, was demolished in 1889. Source: Yankee Science in the Making, Dirk J Struik.

Currently Reading: Biting The Sun, Tanith Lee. I had thought this would be a decades-later written sequel to Don't Bite The Sun and Drinking Sapphire Wine, but it turns out to be a reprinting of those two books under a single cover. That's not a bad thing as it's been close to a decade since I read either, but it was a surprise when I started reading.

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