Wednesday, May 02, 2007

A glut of excellence

We have a candidate on campus today for a position in our department and two more coming next week, and I'm reminded of my most and least favorite things about serving on a search committee: I love spending time with intelligent, interesting, articulate people--but I wish we could hire them all! Granted, there are the occasional pompous bores, like the candidate several years ago who emitted deadly tedium rays reaching from here to Poughkeepsie (note to candidates: no one wants to hear you recite your dissertation abstract over dinner), but this year I'm delighted with all three of the finalists and I don't want to send any of them away. Can't we just hire all three?

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