what not to do

When you are on a campus visit for a faculty job:
  • do not announce at the beginning of your job talk that you wrote it on the plane;
  • if you use visuals, make sure they are relevant to the talk and actually necessary, not just decorative (note: I'm in a field that is strongly biased against the use of Powerpoint etc)
  • do not look at the person(s) of color in the room every time you mention "diversity" or "difference"
  • do not insult the person who's interviewing you by suddenly interrupting and asking "do you have tenure?" and "where did you go to school?"
Sigh. To continue the analogy from my last post: sometimes you wind up on a bad date that just seems like it will never end.