Guess who's an assistant professor?

So I've been around less this last few months since, well, the issues of a second term Obama administration are issues that are sort of thing that are fairly fine grained and often involve issues of regulatory policy.




I have exciting news...


I have accepted an offer for a tenure-track assistant professorship!

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Bird Dog's picture

Some professors get credit for publishing oodles of blog postings (wink, nudge).

"Transparency and the rule of law will be the touchstones of this presidency."

--Barack Obama, January 2009

Congrats again!

Bernard Guerrero's picture

Something just occurred to me, though. You've had recent success with on-line stuff, from what I could tell.  Is this gig 100% brick & mortar?

There's some online


but it's going to be mostly in-class with a smattering of online, which will be a big change from the gig I'm finishing up, which was 2/3 online and only a third in-class.


I continue to toy with the notion of doing a lengthy post on online education and the next few decades, but it always gets pushed to the back burner.

Re Online ED...I Would Be Very Interested In Your Views...


...I am anti online, believing that education best takes place with other real people around.


But this seems to be a view against the tide...and maybe I'm wrong...but, for me, doing in person my mandatory Continuing Education is vastly different than doing it online, (where, frankly, I cheat).


The quality of my brain seems sharper with in class learning.


Best Wishes, Traveller

Hey Trav


Minor note:


It's Online Ed.   Online ED is something else.

LOL...Maybe so...Where Can I Buy Me Some ED? Hun? I Need It..nt



Online is generally sub-optimal


but there are times when it's the best option, e.g. someone who's deployed to Kandahar, lives on a mountaintop, or whatever. Still, once I've settled in and moved across Georgia, I'll try and do a full-on post on my retrospective thoughts after three years of doing online teaching.

Hah! I have to share this.


You're diary appeared as 'Guess who's an ass......'on my open tabs.

In the medical community, death is known as Chuck Norris Syndrome. 

And so serendipitously both abbreviated and full


title proved to be correct. :D

Hey - that's nothing!


I'm now not only an adjunct instructor at Rockhurst University @ $2400 per course...


...but I also expect to be an adjunct instructor at the Metropolitan Community College of Kansas City @ $2200 per course, in the very near future.


Can you beat that?

It is the poisoned cup. It is too late.

Maybe you guys should unionize


Management is taking too much tuition from students and not paying the people who actually teach their courses. Sounds like you guys need to bargain. is one site I've heard of that's helping organize.

I confess that I cannot


Seriously, though, I was rather lucky to have lucked on a decent-paying lectureship after my year of academic unemployment a few years ago. There's a couple of southern state schools that have a lot of active-duty military, and one of them was hiring a lecturer and needed a Europeanist, so I wound up getting the position by virtue of a combination of military experience and PhD in medieval history.


brutusettu's picture

4 or 5 courses a semester or more courses with aggregate total of an ungodly amount out of class time?  

At least there's seasonal chances of a real break from work if one so chooses?

"Jazz, the music of unemployment."


Frank Zappa



Sorry for the unoriginal title...


Anyhoo, I missed the tenure track part on my first reading. I only now (well thanks to catchy) fully grasp the achievement.


Here is to your happiness and accomplishment, in that order, for your new, professorial life.

This was clear enough to Larkin, whose patriotism rested on the notion that England was the worst place on earth with the possible exception of everywhere else.



Hardly ever drop by these days, nice to hear some good news.

For having lived long, I have experienced many instances of being obliged, by better information or fuller consideration, to change opinions, even on important subjects, which I once thought right but found to be otherwise - B. Franklin

Weyland, your sig...

(#306461) surely the best & wisest I've ever seen.


Though possibly not the most catchy...

It is the poisoned cup. It is too late.

What can I say?


Well, any credit for the wisdom in that sig belongs entirely to Franklin, who has long been my favorite of the founders (Master of self-promotion that he was.)


But your comment begs the question, have you had cause of late to change some opinions "even on important subjects"?  I know I have.

For having lived long, I have experienced many instances of being obliged, by better information or fuller consideration, to change opinions, even on important subjects, which I once thought right but found to be otherwise - B. Franklin

It's a big deal


Tenure track or tenured faculty now make up less than 25% of instructors at all colleges and universities, so it's difficult just to be not be in the other 75%.


Add to that the low low # of teaching positions open, esp. tenure positions, since the recession began and I would guess that Andrew is one of maybe a hundred people or less in his field in the country who landed a tenure track job, out of several thousand looking.


Catchy, I never took you...


...for a numbers guy. But that was well counted.

It is the poisoned cup. It is too late.

I'm a numbers guy!


Kinda. I dunno. 


Where does a humanities professor get a "numbers guy" card, anyway? Do the numbers guys around here think I qualify? Are you issuing cards?

You do philosophy and AI,


which means you work with arcane symbols. Therefor: Numbers guy.

You're not a numbers guy, medievalist


You're walking around this comments section as if you own cards you don't own.


This whole tenure-track thing has really gone to your head.

I Want to Take Your Class-Medieval History, Sit in the Front Row


...take copious notes, study hard on the weekends, read all the course material, and earn an honest "A" in the Class.


That's what I want to do.


Do I need to add....Congratulations!


Best Wishes, Traveller

I'm flattered!


You'd definitely do well!




"I've been on food stamps and welfare.  Anybody help me out?  No!" Craig T. Nelson (6/2/2009)


mmghosh's picture

everyone here knows that I think American academics are the highest known form of humanity - blend of excellence, industry, rigour and self-deprecating wit etc :)  


Just look at eeyn - grumbling about work and wintering in France.



and let me tell you,  it was rough.  Couldn't even get ice water,  had to drink wine.



now that you are in academia, please report to the local ObamaCare office for reeducation/sensitivity training/emasculation and your innstrcutions on how best to oppress the white man.


if there is no ObamaCare office near you try the local DOJ CRS office. I hear they're performing many of the same functions now.

“The single biggest problem in communication is the illusion that it has taken place.” -George Bernard Shaw

Congrats man. Two job prospects in one day.


The other being an unpaid gig as moderator at a blog you may have heard of.

In the medical community, death is known as Chuck Norris Syndrome. 

Mazel Tov!

Jay C's picture

But to add to eeyn's list above:


4) Do you actually GET an office?



With a desk and everything!



IIRC you've already got quite a bit of teaching experience so maybe your first year won't be quite as tough as it is for most.


Now the important questions:  (1) Will your office have a window?  (2) Is there a faculty lounge, and if so, is there a bar?  (3) Will you actually get to teach some medieval history,  or will it be four sections of US History 1301?

The most grievous fact of the posting


is that it's in a "moist" county. Beer and wine are available, but for liquor one needs to go across the county line ten miles distant.


And yes! I'll get to do an upper-level history course each semester along with my World History surveys! And World History is my favorite of the surveys!

Sounds too good to be true


Are you sure you didn't overlook some minor detail in the offer,  for example,  did they actually put in writing that they would pay you?

Oh, crap. Are Cowrie shells not a valid currency?



Only if you can pay your taxes in them