"In many disciplines, for the majority of graduates, the Ph.D. indicates the logical conclusion of an academic career." Marc Bousquet

Sunday, April 1, 2012

Holy Shit! I Could Have a Tenure-Track Job Yet!!

One of those few tenure-track positions I applied for back in the fall apparently has not closed their search yet. I learned this on Friday. I've been too overwhelmed to post until now.

They requested additional materials from me in November, and I dutifully sent along a writing sample, recommendations, and my teaching philosophy. But then I didn't hear anything. I assumed they had moved on and had just not gotten around to sending out the rejection letters. By January, I had totally given up on the academic search -- my third and last, as you know.

Friday I came home from work, poured myself a drink, and checked voicemail ... and ... Holy shit! There's this message. It's from Regional State U only an hour away from Crapital City. They were impressed with my application when they received the additional materials back in November, but they'd had to put their search on hold because funding was uncertain. They didn't do MLA interviews and hadn't contacted anyone since the request for additional materials. But ... their funding came through and they would like to know if I am still available. They need to move their search along quickly, and I am on a short list of candidates. They would like to do a phone interview, which will possibly lead to a campus interview ... and then, possibly, a return to academe on terms I can accept!!!

Aarrrgggghhhh, I'm getting ahead of myself. Nothing is certain except the phone interview, which is this coming Thursday.

There's a lot to think about here. Given that I am a type 2 leaver, as JC puts it ("people who still love academia, but who know that their ability to get a job that pays them a fair wage in an area they'd like to live is severely hampered by the academic job market or some other factor"), I've never really been happy about leaving. I left because it was unsustainable to stay. But, the prospect to  return in a position that pays a reasonable wage and allows me to live where I want? ... and, most importantly, do what I love and am good at?? I don't think I could refuse (are you kidding?!?), even given my ambivalence -- which has only grown in the time I've been away -- over academe's many, many flaws.

I spent all day yesterday ruminating over my old syllabi, pondering "ideal" courses I'd like to teach, book lists, my research plans (sort of on hold since the conference I blew off but still in my head), and other things they're likely to ask about. It felt, in a way, like I was returning home after a long, wearying absence. I really do miss all this shit, you know?

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Keep your fingers crossed and wish me luck.


  1. Good luck!!!!! Fingers crossed for you!!

  2. Y'all are awesome, but you totally fell for my April Fools post :)

  3. Haha! That's a riot! I must confess that I was a bit flabbergasted by your incredible luck and had thought that maybe you'd been applying to tons of academic jobs on the sly to have such an enormous bit of luck happen. Lol!

    But then again I read this post while waiting in the hospital for Paul's cousin's baby after about 24 hours of no sleep so I was barely coherent or capable of logical thought (then or now).

  4. LOL!!!!!

    I'm gonna use the excuse that I first read this last night when it was still March 31st in my brain ... which is true, but more accurately, I always fall for April Fool's jokes and would've totally believed it even if I just saw it today. I am insanely gullible. :)

  5. Hehe. I've fallen for my share of pranks. Last year, Think Tank Boss asked me if I would please call up Mr. Lyon and Ms. Fox at such-and-such a number and try to arrange a meeting. I called the number, and it was the visitor information line at the National Zoo.

    1. I am a sucker for animal jokes - that is a GOOD one! I just burst out laughing (for the second time). I fell for your job interview line too. I guess we're all April fools. ;)

  6. Replies
    1. Thanks ... but see comments above. You fell for my April Fools post, too :) Welcome to the blog!

    2. Haha, I don't typically read other people's comments to guide my own... so "oops!".

      I am still wishing you the best of luck that a position will come along that makes your dreams come true!

  7. On comments, it's all about the conversation :)