Knocks It Out of the Park!
I did have to cancel a class in order to meet their intractable schedule, but I got it worked out in time. I had my big day and it was rather nondescript. I did okay, but I was not as sharp as I had hoped. That's all on me. I was wishy washy about the chance and I treated it that way. The results, I'm sure, will be lousy.
But here's my favorite part.
During the formal committee interview, I was asked what I would do if a student on my roster failed to appear in the first week of classes.
Well, I've been teaching here for years, so I know both the official and unofficial process. Official: Drop them after the first week of classes if they've made no contact. Unofficial: wait until the second week, just in case.
So I said, "Well, I'd drop them after the first week UNLESS they made some attempt to contact me. Then I might let them join up in the second week after making up any assignments."
The committee glanced around at each other.
One member broke the silence. "That just would not do here. What we'd ask any instructor, full time OR PART TIME to do is to reach out to any student who misses the first week with an email and a telephone call. That's something that's standard."
I was about to mention the official college policy but then the chair said, "There's a way we go about things at this college, and this is one of those things that a prospective instructor either gets or doesn't get."
Oh, there were some nice moments, too, like they knew my name, but we wrapped up a bit early!