Re: what was that?


Subject: Re: what was that?
From: Linda Seltzer (lseltzer@alumni.caltech.edu)
Date: Fri Aug 19 2005 - 10:12:17 EDT


I looked in my file cabinet and I actually still have the
printed correspondence from that job application. It was
1993. I had first received a telephone call informing me that
the search committee had selected me for the position. At
first, I wanted to ask some questions before accepting,
primaily about making sure I could obtain housing with central
heating. I received a second phone call asking me to accept
immediately because the personnel committee was going to meet
in one hour and needed to know. So I accepted. Then, as I said,
I received some strange e-mails, and I then said that unless I
obtained the offer in writing, I was not going to be able to
formally accept. I was then told that it was not yet definite.
I was later informed that the university personnel committee
reversed the decision of the search committee and decided to
hire someone else. The head of the search committee emphasized
to me that he was my friend and wanted me to be understanding of
his situation. I spoke with a female friend in Japan who has a
high position in a Japanese givernment agency, and she said that
what happened to me was a commonplace occurrence for women in Japan.

By the way, I am still seeking a university environment where I
can have the opportunity to carry our composition and research in
computer music without being abused or harrassed and where the
faculty will offer me genuine career support and career mentoring,
as well access to facilities and ability to purchase equipment and
software that I need.



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