Monday I flew to the Pacific Northwest to meet with the committee at an SLAC located in a gorgeous and green countryside location.
While the MLA interview had gone really well, once I got on campus I noted a distinct rift in the department, one group going one way, and one group going very decidedly another. It's clear that the department was badly split about the wording of the job ad, and more than one person told me they were amazed that they even went ahead with the search, so badly the lead-up had gone.
It was a full day and I think I did well, but I could tell that whoever they hire will be in the middle of a cauldron from day one. I didn't like the tension I felt at the large group meetings and the dinner, and despite my interest in the position, I'm already pretty sure I wouldn't take the job even if offered.
One more visit to go. No word yet - obviously - on the first school I visited last week.