husband interviewed almost a month ago for that job. The guy who was hiring FINALLY let us know that they hired someone else. I found out from a friend that they hired the person two WEEKS ago and didn't tell ANY of the other applicants. The guy is apparently notorious on campus for not having the guts to give bad news to people. One friend was shocked we found out this soon about it. It is a big reason the person who left this position quit - a total lack of ability to commit to anything on the boss's part. It was the one thing that stuck in my memory about the guy from high school (I went to high school with the guy who was doing the hiring, and he was always afraid to commit to anything - which made him really hard to work on group projects with then, and apparently he is worse now.) It would have been great in many ways for husband to get this job. As it is, we are going to continue to apply for jobs and look into going back to grad school for husband. He would easily get a graduate assistantship, his former advisor and dept head have BOTH asked him about it, and with a doctorate he could teach almost anywhere. in my opinion it would be a very good thing for him if we can swing the financial aid. It cannot be worse than what we are doing now! So that is our plan - get all the info on grad school that we can get, and get things in motion for that. Luckily we are SURE he will be accepted! Thanks for all the good thoughts. I appreciate you all so very very much!