You can file this in the "never give up, never surrender!" category: I am very, very happy to report that I have been hired for a tenure track position at a research university. I'll be teaching what I love, in a department that looks to be very congenial, collegial, and welcoming, with good opportunities for me to pursue my own research interests. It's a better school than the one I graduated from. I don't think I can call this one a "dream job," (I had an interview for my dream job -- so close! -- but didn't get it), but I feel very, very fortunate.
I gotta tell you, dear Smokers, that I received a lot of sound advice and moral support on this blog over the years. I was as ignorant as a newborn babe when I first went on the job market three years ago (with a supremely lousy and unhelpful placement advisor), and this blog was an invaluable source of information. Thank you, and keep up the good work!
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