Wednesday, June 11, 2014

#whoyouknow Mike Malone is better than George Station - according to Malone's criteria

George Station probably won't be applying for a particular job that requires the applicant to have authored 25 books:

Only 24 books to go and I'm eligible! ...Oh... make it 25...

One of the hashtags that Station used in this Google+ post was #whoyouknow. And there's a reason for this, because the job requirements are somewhat unusual:

The successful applicant will have at least 25 books on topics ranging from the history of Silicon Valley to the biography of microprocessing to interviews with entrepreneurs to the history of human and mechanical memory; will have been published by presses such as Harper/Collins, Doubleday, Random House, St. Martin’s, and SUNY Press; will also have e-books on topics such as home life in the US, home life in the UK, and water conservation; will have worked as both a journalist for a print newspaper and for magazines; will have hosted television and radio productions for PBS, cable television, and ABC; will have worked in electronic media such as being editor of Forbes ASAP or a weekly columnist for; will have founded or co-founded at least two start-ups; will have professional connections to Oxford University in the UK as well as to numerous media (print, electronic, and television) in the SF Bay Area and beyond.

Now where is Santa Clara University going to find someone who meets ALL of these bizarre qualifications? Inside Higher Ed explains:

This litany of qualifications seemed staggering for a position that, although competitively compensated at $6,000 per course, was far from an endowed professorship. In fact, only one person meets these requirements: the internal candidate Santa Clara had already planned to rehire.

Mike Malone – a self-described “Silicon Valley guy” who holds two degrees from Santa Clara – had been teaching writing at the Jesuit university for the past three years. He really has written 25 books, he said.

“I had no idea what the standard operating procedure was on this,” Malone said. “They wanted me to teach the class because I created the class. Then they threw my short bio into the application.”

It appears that the university has (surprise!) found a candidate to fill the position, because the job listing is no longer active. But Malone is lucky that the applicant didn't have to satisfy one additional requirement:

I don’t even know where the copying machine is.
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