though not as crappy as living it.
I just got to meet the person who thought he/she was the insider candidate for my job. This person mentioned it when introducing to me. And looked heartbroken. Siiiigh. This person is continuing to adjunct for our school, and in fact is teaching the Special Course I Was Hired To Teach, which she/he had been teaching before, all because I requested a semester of regular classes to get my feet under me. I know that because of the timeline for me accepting and emailing back and forth over this, somebody, and probably several somebodies, got their adjunct schedules yanked and/or completely rearranged.
Furthermore we have been dealing with weird and bumpy enrollments this semester, which made the usual chair job of guessing demand and scheduling classes even more difficult. Since my second semester comp classes are underenrolled, I was asked to drop one (hope the students will be able to move into my other, half-full class) and pick up another section of the first semester comp stuff, again messing with many peoples' plans. But they don't want to pay me to teach half full classes and I have a teaching load obligation, so I get a filled class and some adjunct gets a phone call a couple days before school starts. There might be enough demand to run a late-add comp class --- sometimes they do a condensed, summer-schedule paced class halfway through the semester --- but that means someone gets their class taken away from them and then put back on them after maximizing the anxiety. Bleah.
Back to Inside Candidate. This person does not have a PhD, which I do, but which might not make that much difference, since ---- to further put salt in the wound ---- the other hire in our department was a former adjunct with an MA. And this person has not been teaching very long, so I am not sure how well Inside Candidate understands the truly shitty nature of the job market for English. I think this person had their heart set on this job, especially since it involves teaching a special class and running a little thing, and I think this person is a local with a spouse employed here, because it sounded like this person applied here and the other cc a couple hours away. That's a lotta hope riding on two applications. But I know how this person feels, which makes watching it all, while having someone else's prize, suck all that much worse.
Anyway, I hope we can get past all this awkwardness and be friends. But a lot of my time will be taken up with teaching and grade grade grading (holy crap whatdoyoumean 30 students in a comp class?) and the department made this weird decision where they took over a classroom and partitioned it for the adjuncts, but it is on the other side of campus from our department and I guess we will no longer see them in the hallways of our portable. Yeah, feeling weird about that. About a lot of things these days.
Like, for example, the heat! When will it be fall so I can enjoy a beautiful 85 degrees?