Call me Newbie Nora, a t-t faculty member doing my first search committee service at a large state uni in the Midwest.
I started the process all excited, and even sort of (oddly) enjoyed the EEOC / HR videos I had to watch in preparation.
And of course as soon as the actual process got started, our committee spent nearly all of our time opining on things that I thought we weren't allowed to consider.
One Skype interviewee was deemed "too unhealthy" to take a risk on. (All we knew for sure is that she was overweight.)
An early candidate was dismissed because our search chair said, "Jesus, this guy was teaching before I was in middle school! He's only got a few good years left." The table erupted in laughter.
Another candidate was singled out this way: "I bet he has all of Cher's CDs in his car."
Q: Is this "normal" in job searches? I liked one of the candidates above quite a bit who got bounced for obviously non-academic reasons. I'm new here; I like the school. Should I stick my neck out and say something? To whom?