A question for folks with SC-interviewing-at-MLA experience:
Another thread is discussing the importance of going to annual conventions even if you don't have an interview. This year, I'm too broke to put a plane ticket on my credit card (much less lodging and food!), so I didn't say anything in my cover letter about the conference, even when schools said they were interviewing there. My office mate thinks this absence makes me look less-than-serious.
My question is: In your experience, do SCs reject or even look with suspicion on candidates who don't specifically state that they'll be going to the conference?
Systeme_d is right.
However, in your letter you should say something like, "I am unable to attend the MLA convention, but will be glad to speak with you via phone or teleconference should you desire to consider my candidacy further." Just for the sake of clarity.