A Student of History

January 19, 2007

AHA Meeting—the Fall Out

Filed under: The Academy — John Maass @ 11:08 pm

As I noted earlier, I went to the AHA in Atlanta Jan. 4-7, as I’m “on the market” for academic jobs to begin in August (which for some reason is called “Fall” by universities not located in the South!).  The second day after I got back I was called by one school with whom I interviewd, to invite me to more interviews.  Since I am very interested in that school (a small liberal arts college) I of course was quite pleased to get the call, and what is better, all of the folks from this college who I met down in Atlanta were very nice.

Today, I got a second request for additional interviews at a larger university (10,000+ students) “west of the Appalachians” as I will call it, and that was quite good news as well.  Its a fine school, and those from the department I met in Georgia were welcoming and hospitable to me as I went through my 30-minute panel interview.  Its an interesting process, actually: you spend 4-7 years taking courses, passing exams, learning a language or two, and then the dissertation–then you have 30 minutes to convince a school that you are good enough to get an on-campus shot at the big prize.  If you think of it that way, I am sure you can make yourself dangerously nervous as you interview.  But, I was actually surprised at how in all 3 of my panel interrog…eh, I mean, interviews, I was not nervous at all.  Part of that I am sure is because I spent 15 years prior to going back to grad school in some very stressful situations.  However, I came to realize as I drove home from Atlanta that one of the reasons I felt so comfortable is that the folks who interviewed me went out of their when to put me at ease.

I hope my luck continues when I get to these two school in the next few weeks…..


  1. Hi John, — Great news and congratulations. This was the second year that I’ve attended an AHA conference. Luckily I don’t have to deal with that mess they call the job market; it looks so impresonal with everyone huddled around that screen waiting for a message. I wish I had known you were going to be there as we could have perhaps met up. Best of luck on the interviews.

    Comment by Kevin — January 20, 2007 @ 11:28 am | Reply

  2. JM – fabulous news – no one deserves it more. Best of luck with the two interviews…I got a good feeling about it…

    Comment by John Y — January 21, 2007 @ 3:21 am | Reply

  3. Thanks!

    Comment by John Maass — January 21, 2007 @ 7:28 pm | Reply

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