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interview scheduled for when I a supposed to be lecturing - WWYD?

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SaveMeTheWaltz Thu 08-Dec-16 10:18:26

I sessional lecture at two different institutions. University A has just shortlisted me for a permanent role. Unfortunately I am supposed to be delivering a lecture at University B at the time of the interview. It looks like my option are either 1) see if university A can rearrange the interview time (not very likely, and makes me look as if I don't want the job); 2) see if I can get someone at university B to cover my lecture (again, not very likely and will really annoy them); or 3) just call in sick to university B.

I much prefer working at university A and am not that fussed about getting a permanent role at University B. WWYD?

StripedTulip Thu 08-Dec-16 13:48:11

Get someone to cover for you, or rearrange lecture at University B.

you're right it will be pretty much impossible to re-schedule the interview. I'm on a panel for a new Professorship we'll be advertising next year. I already have been asked to hold a couple of dates in my diary for next March, as they are dates when a DVC or the VC are available. I know one VC who in a whole year, weekends included, had one evening at home without an appointment or event.

Foureyesarebetterthantwo Thu 08-Dec-16 23:04:49

Absolutely go to the interview, we have no flexibility about dates for interview for lectureships as it's so hard to get everyone together at our end.

Uni B will have to have someone cover or you call in sick or could you pre-record the lecture and send it as a pod-cast to the students and offer an office hour at another time for anyone who is interested, no-one ever comes. That way you offer all the hours, but don't have to be there for that session.

SaveMeTheWaltz Tue 13-Dec-16 18:40:28

Thanks both! I should have known that prioritising the interview would be the right course of action, I think that I just needed to type out the dilemma to work it out. Interview is tomorrow - wish me luck!

StripedTulip Tue 13-Dec-16 19:05:14

Buckets of luck for the interview. At least they know you, and you know them.

purplepandas Wed 14-Dec-16 22:18:22

Slow to this but how did you get on op? Hope it went well.

Foureyesarebetterthantwo Thu 15-Dec-16 09:51:43

Also hope it went well, but know how hard it is to get lectureships with all the other candidates being good too- fingeres crossed!

SaveMeTheWaltz Mon 19-Dec-16 11:14:45

Thanks everyone. The interview went well, but I haven't heard anything yet, which I am assuming means that I haven't been successful this time. To be honest, I'm happy just to be getting interviews at this stage; received wisdom seems to be that if you are getting interviews, you will eventually get a job - just hoping that is true!

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