Shared Story: My spouse’s portability is no one else’s business

I was asked to interview for a tenure-track music theory position at a university several hundred miles from where I lived.  However, days before the interview I received a message saying that the committee had just discovered that I am married to someone who couldn’t move with me for professional reasons and that my interview was therefore canceled  (I had never mentioned my spouse; apparently this information came from a reference.)  Although I wanted to complain, I felt that it would reduce my chances of getting a job in music theory.  Incidentally, shortly after this incident I did accept another tenure-track position at a different university that was a significant distance from my spouse.

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