After having taken so much time on the page with my little search, I feel bad to monopolize more space, so just a quick update.
Of my seven MLA interviews, I've heard from 5 so far: No from the dream job SLAC in the NE (not surprised after my lousy performance, No from "close by state school," even though I was SURE I'd get an invite.
And then I had campus visit requests from "good SLAC in PNW," "mid range SLAC in NE," and "large state school." In fact, I am writing to you today from the last school on that list; as I noted earlier, it was a relaxed and casual job interview that showed me how fun the people were.
I flew in last night, got met at the airport by 2 members. We had some beers at a nice upscale bar near campus, and they told me that I'd had the best interview at the MLA by far, and that they were going to "knock my socks off" at the full day visit today.
This was not my dream school or location. I had foolishly sort of ignored learning much about the town. And it turns out to be this postcard-perfect spot with friendly folks, a town square, a dusting of snow, and a bar that serves the best queso I've ever had in my life.