Recall the whole denial of interview-affirmative action saga we have going on, including the follow up email sent Thursday morning to find out why I hadn't heard anything. Thursday afternoon I got a voice mail from the AA director basically saying that she was looking into it and would get back to me. Friday afternoon I got a voice mail and then an email from the department chair. He offered a long and circuitous explanation of their search process, which apparently is still on-going - one that may or may not contain the correct story and that fails to explain why they denied me an interview if the search is still open. The chair's email concludes with an invitation to interview and a request to call him on Monday.So basically, they are giving me an interview because I complained to Affirmative Action - although they aren't going to come out and say that.
Is this proof that the affirmative action system works? Will they give me the interview and then proceed to not hire me because nobody really wants a complaining bitch as a colleague? Will they hire me no matter how the interview goes because the university is afraid of legal consequences if they don't? Do I even want to work in an environment where they are either so clueless or so biased that it takes a complaint to get them to do the right thing? Is it worth the time, effort, money, and sanity to fly across the country for an interview at this place? (My last interview cost us $800 (for fish's plane ticket), two days of lost work for fish, and exposed minnow to enough germs to give her a cold at 4 weeks old.) What would you do if you were in my position?
I should add that two things will happen on Monday morning before I talk with anyone at ?AA? U. First, I'll call the chair at Mystery U and find out what in the world is going on with their search. (I'd accept an offer there easily.) Second, I'll talk to my advisor, who apparently met the department chair at ?AA? U a few weeks ago. Maybe my advisor will have some good advice for me in this situation.