What You’ll Learn in the Campus Visit Webinar

I’m sending out this extra blog post this week to let you know about the new Campus Visit Webinar tomorrow, Wednesday 1/16 at 2 PM Pacific/5 PM EST/22:00 GMT.

I’m really excited about this new webinar, which I’ve been contemplating for many months.  I created it to make a real intervention into the pain and suffering attendant upon the dreaded campus visit–a thing of exquisite mystery and peril–especially for those heading out for the first time.

We will cover all of the core elements, including:

The three key criteria at play in a campus visit
The single biggest pitfall for candidates
The basic organization of a campus visit
The initial arrangements and scheduling
Preparing for the visit
Meetings with faculty, Head, Dean, and graduate students
The formal interview with the Search Committee
The job talk and Q and A
The teaching demo
Handling meals gracefully
Maintaining your stamina
Evaluating campus climate
What to wear, especially in cold weather

As always there will be time for Q and A at the end.

Campus visits are hard!  A little advance knowledge will save a world of hurt.  For example, one client wrote to ask how she might arrange to have her partner come with her on her upcoming visit so that he could check out work and housing opportunities in the area.  She wanted to know how to ask the hosting department to allow her to extend her stay at the hotel, and push back the return flight.

Well, turns out there is an unspoken rule of the campus visit that this kind of thing Must Never Happen.   You cannot piggy-back any private agendas onto a campus visit, or even broach the subject of doing so, without doing serious harm to your candidacy.  Did you know that?  Well, now you do.  That’s an example of the kind of MAJOR ERROR this webinar was created to prevent.

Here’s another:  did you know you rarely get enough to eat on a campus visit?  Not because they don’t take you out to eat, but because in the heat of the interview meals, you rarely have time to ingest sufficient food.  You need a plan to handle that.

This 90-minute Webinar is scheduled for Wednesday, January 16 at 2 PM Pacific/5 PM EST/22:00 GMT.

Cost:   $100.  You can sign up directly from this blog post by clicking on this button:

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The next date for the Campus Visit Webinar has already been scheduled for next week, on Thursday 1/24 at 2 PM Pacific/5 PM EST/22:00 GMT.  Click on THIS (not the above!)  ‘Add to Cart’ button right here —> Add to Cartfor the 1/24 date.


And yes, the recording of the Campus Visit Webinar will be available for download from this Thursday as well.

Hope to see you all there, and best of luck on your upcoming visits.

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What You’ll Learn in the Campus Visit Webinar — 3 Comments

  1. I think piggy-backing may be acceptable if it’s for a professional, rather than personal, reason. I had a campus interview that ended the day before a regional conference, and I asked if my return flight could be to the conference instead of back home (saving me a 5-hr. drive immediately post-interview, and saving the interviewing dept. a small amount of money). This didn’t seem to be a problem, and I ended up getting the job!

  2. I hope Nicole is right! I’ve just asked for and been granted an extra day to acclimate myself to the weather in the Northern (way way northern) state I’ll be interviewing in, after flying in from Central America where I’m on a fellowship.

    • I should probably clarify that when the candidate is flying internationally over very long distances, sometimes they will make allowances. But when I was on the market and being flown out to a visit on the East Coast from *Japan*, the school did not respond warmly to my request for an extra day.

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