But I hunkered down for the past three years and taught 2-3 classes every semester at one place. I went to optional meetings, I acted on committees. I got to know the few full timers (80% of our classes are taught by folks like me.) I've been a good soldier. But I didn't expect special treatment.
I had forgotten I applied to this job, actually. One is always open on the regular stream, and in September I dutifully do my paperwork. I've never gotten an interview before, and 3 people have been hired in past years, none with PhDs, all from the BIG local university. (That's not me.)
Anyway, yesterday my phone rings at home and here's the conversation:
"Is this Pettermell?"
"Is there a Mr. Peppermen there?"
"I'm Dr. Peterson, can I help you?"
"We'd like to interview you for the job at 9:25 am on Tuesday."
"Okay, what job? Where are you calling from?"
"At the community college."
"You mean 'Lost Hope in the Desert?'"
"Yes, the time has been arranged."
"Okay, but I'm teaching at that day and time."
"Oh, where do you teach?"
"Well, I teach at 'Lost Hope.' I've been there for three years."
"This is the time you've been given."
"Can I reschedule?"
"No, there are no times available."
"Should I cancel my class? Is that what you're asking?"
"I don't know Mr. Pemmerman."
"Well, can you find out if I can make another time. It's a short summer session and I hate to cancel a class. I'm sure the committee will understand. Can you tell me who's on the committee?"
"It's a committee of faculty members."
"Yes, I'm sure of it. But could you at least ask them about switching times so I don't have to cancel my class? I can do it anytime on Tuesday between 10:30 am and 6 pm, or Wednesday ANY time all day."
Then this morning I got this email:
"Mr. Pettersun. We have confirmed your interview for 9L20 on Tuesday."