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I am interviewing for a few online faculty positions and all interviews will be conducted via phone and email. I am VISIBLY pregnant (6 months) and this fact would be quite obvious in a face-to-face interview. So, although it's probably not something we would necessarily discuss in an in-person interview, should I mention it in my phone interviews?

I feel my options are:

  • Mention it early in the interviewing process
  • Wait until an offer comes in
  • Wait to see if the CLASS offer (you get a faculty position first, then class assignment) would actually be of any conflict

Thoughts?

TSchow's picture
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From my observation of my wife she did fine holding down a class during pregnancy, and I have seen other women do fine. In this world economy if I was in this situation I would Wait to see if the CLASS offer (you get a faculty position first, then class assignment) would actually be of any conflict. Also have a friend who can help if you need to get a substitute. This situation should not be anything different than any other medical condition. But unfortunately there is not enough information to make a final decision. Pluse when you go to feed the baby you can also read papers!

tmliz's picture

 Thanks!

I, myself, am not *too* worried about working directly after having the baby. This is our second and with our first, I was working from home within a few weeks. This time, however, my husband will be here to help (he was deployed to Iraq last time), so I'm optimistic that things will be ever better!

Mark's picture
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You don't have to mention it, and you don't believe it will have any affect on your abilities.

That said, you have an obligation to answer truthfully any question about your availability for work.  If you intend to be off for some number of weeks, and also expect to be teaching a class then, you cannot answer untruthfully...otherwise, they'll fire you for dishonesty.

Mark