Oh, Chiedza, I'm so sorry you dont think you got the job! Darn!! I know that, at our (state) university, there are pretty strict rules about what kind of contact the search committee members can have with job candidates, before and after offers go out. If someone had contacted me about their interview, after not getting the job, I'd have had to be very obtuse and not very forthcoming. In person, that could be a little different, I think, but over e-mail (especially), and telephone, we werent' really allowed to give much feedback -- fears of litigation, I guess. So I don't know that I'd recommend asking the Chair -- especially since you haven't heard officially yet. I would recommend the passive-agressive route of getting your advisor or some other recommender to find out for you, though! In most cases, if you made the short list, you probably just werent the right "fit" -- which can mean a whole host of things, most of which you can do nothing about, and most of which would change for any other job.
Geofizz -- Congratulations!!
: I was in the same boat, too -- due finals week in December. I think Eruditia gave you great advice, and you DO have to talk to your chair. I am really lucky, in a friendly and very pro-child dept (rare for my field). I told everyone within two months! Tell him (I assume) a week or two before this term ends, I think. And spend the summer making a huge contingency plan -- all lecture notes done, all exams written, all homework assignments written with an answer key -- you can't assume you'll go all 40 weeks (as you well know, with kids already). Be sure to tell the chair, the TA,and the dept. secretaries that you have a plan, and how to access it. And, can you give your final earlier, so you can have grading done? We can, if we don't call the final a "final" but rather just an exam!
Eruditia, glad to hear its going well! Yeah, committee work ... I am running for a really heavy workload committee that would start next fall ... and I plan to take Wyatt to the twice-monthly meetings wtih me. Maybe I'm insane???!!!