Since I don’t think Emily Post would cover this sort of thing—and besides, she’s dead, probably—I’ll throw this out there to you folks regarding how to handle people visiting for a job interview.

So, to make a long story short—I’ll probably say more in a few weeks, when things get more solidified—I’m leaving my current job. For those of you unfamiliar with the educational hiring process, the way it normally works is that candidates visit campus, guest-teach a class, meet with the department, etc., and then the hiring committee takes feedback from the department, decides who they’d like to make an offer to, gets permission from the department, and makes a hire.

One of the grownups who’s responsible for overseeing me mentioned that we have a number of candidates doing campus visits in the next few weeks (they were already doing a hire for a position like mine, so they’ll probably just end up hiring an extra applicant from the pool), and that I’m welcome to attend the campus visit stuff and give feedback. While it seems ever-so-slightly odd to give feedback on my replacement, I’m up for it.

Still, I’m not sure how to handle the visits. I’m assuming that it’s my right—nay, my responsibility—to heckle during their classes to see how they handle themselves (after all, someone who’s going to be there next year can’t, because how can you be someone’s colleague after that?), but I’m not sure how far I should take it. Sitting in the front row and then sleeping during the entire class (or hollering out “Boooooooooooooooooring!” at irregular intervals) seems a little too passive-aggressive, while shouting profanities seems like it might be a bit too aggressive-aggressive.

There’s probably a healthy middle-ground, but I need help finding it. Maybe shouting out profanities, but only ones that are allowed on broadcast TV?