Somehow I got asked to cull the big stack and bring about 20-30 top candidates to our first meeting next month.
And I'm stunned. The wealth of applicants is defeating my will. Lots of great people, lots of interesting cases.
I have one guy - and this is all HEAVILY anonymized - who I think looks great, but there are elements that scare me. Could you readers tell me what their impression would be of a candidate like this:
- He's 55.
- He's got 6 books, but only one in our particular field. He has virtually no other publications or research in journals.
- He's had tenure twice and left after 3 and 5 years.
- He's taught at 10 different institutions, including one of the top ten research universities in the country, hell, any country.
- For the past 5 years he's taught part time at a community college on the other side of the country from us. There's no explanation of why he left a tenured job for that one.
- He's taught longer than anyone else in our department.
- He has relevant experience in administration - he was even a department chair for 5 years.
- His letter is extraordinarily well done and he shows real knowledge of our university and our department.
Q: And he scares me. Why would anyone give up tenure? Twice? Has he been run out of town? Will my committee colleagues think I'm crazy? Have I discovered a diamond in the rough, or is it just all rough?