Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Hell Freezes Over II

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!

Anyone else have an announcement? Jump in.

~zombie


39 comments:

Andrew said...

That's wonderful news. Congratulations!

DR said...

Congratulations!

Anonymous said...

Congratulations, zombie!

Anonymous said...

Hooray! Congrats, zombie! Great news.

Anonymous said...

Congrats, Zombie!

I don't know why I feel so pleased. I have no idea who you are. Why am I happy that you instead of someone else I don't know about just got this job? And yet, I am happy. Go figure.

Brent said...

Congratulations! Funny, but I just discovered your blog this morning and have been reading, somewhat despairing. I'm so glad to read that you've been hired. It gives me hope.

Anonymous said...

Yay for you! hurrah!

Anonymous said...

Looks like I'll be first to congratulate you! Well done!

Anonymous said...

Congratulations, Zombie! That is so great.

It's very gratifying to see people who've been on the market a number of years finally get tenure-track jobs.

It makes the whole system seem a bit less unjust.

Yay!

Anonymous said...

Wow, way to go, zombie!

Clayton said...

Zombie,

Congratulations, I'm so very happy for you. Let's hope your future anxieties will keep you in blogging.

Anonymous said...

That is fantastic news, zombie! Congratulations!!!!

Anonymous said...

Congratulations, Zombie!

And will you continue blogging, though with a slight change of focus, i.e. on the transition from job market candidate to tt-faculty? That could be informative.

Again, congratulations.

Mr. Zero said...

Congratulations, Zombie! Wonderful news.

Anonymous said...

Awesome! Congratulations!!!

I hardly ever comment on anything in this blog, but I've benefited a lot from reading it: it has provided a sort of comfort and a lot of great advice. So thank you for running it!

I second Anon 6:16pm's suggestion.

Anonymous said...

Huzzah! Huzzah!

Anonymous said...

HOPE

Court said...

Zombie, I have no connection to academic philosophy whatsoever, but I've been following this blog for, I don't know, 3 years or something, just to see if one of you guys finally made it. And you did! Congratulations!

Now go out there and make some kids think.

Anonymous said...

Do you feel this way at all?:

http://chronicle.com/article/Survivors-Guilt/126710/

CTS said...

This is fabulous news. Like 4:03, I don't know who you are, but I have been following the blog for several years now and am overjoyed to learn of your success.

And, please, DO keep blogging!

Let's all toast Zombie - literally, if at a distance.

CTS said...

Oh, a request:

Could you give us - not hints - but some generic info about your position? Big U, SLAC, etc?

(When you've sobered up, of course.)

Anonymous said...

Way to go zombie! That's wonderful news. So happy to hear this.

Bobcat said...

To start out with a TT-job at a research university that is more highly ranked than the place you graduated from is extremely impressive. (Not that there's anything wrong with getting a TT-job at a teaching university that's not ranked at all--that's what I have!) Assuming the system works--and broadly speaking, i think it does--I think I can justifiably conclude that you have a great deal of discipline and philosophical ability. Congratulations, this year's Rusty Jones!

Anonymous said...

Excellent! Very happy for you.

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.

Mind sharing what things in particular you were ignorant of 3 years ago, that you now know, that you wish you had known? I can guess, but I'm still curious of the specifics. And what sort of help didn't your placement advisor give that you wish they had? Again, I can guess, but I'm still curious.

Daniel said...

Congratulations!!

Anonymous said...

Congrats! Now, can you tell us who you are?

Xenophon said...

Hey, congratulations. Couldn't happen to a better zombie.

Maybe you'll even develop qualia now.

I hope we'll still hear from you now that you've hit the big time.

Anonymous said...

That's really great news--congratulations, and I hope you find time to post here alongside getting used to the new life.

Anonymous said...

Long time reader, first time commenter -- CONGRATULATIONS!!!

Anonymous said...

What we talk about when we talk about "Never give, up never surrender:"

Are we quoting a Blitz song?

Anonymous said...

Congratulation Zombie!

Anonymous said...

Congratulations, zombie! You're my hero.

zombie said...

Thank you all for the solidarity and good wishes. I'm glad I could give some of you a little hope.

I'll try to respond to all the questions. Forgive me if I miss any:

Anon 4:03: Thanks! I feel the same way about everyone on the Leiter thread who got a job. Even the ones who got the jobs I really wanted. It's just too damn hard out there to not be glad when one of us gets a break.

Clayton, CTS, Xenophon, Anons 6:16, 6:29, 6:37, 9:34: I'll happily keep blogging along until told to walk the plank.

Anon 9:07: I feel very much like that. I have friends on the job market who didn't get a job this year, and I feel really bad about that. They're good, smart philosophers who deserve jobs. I myself was facing unemployment and doom, and I know I got lucky this year. If anyone hasn't seen this, it's worth reading:
http://chronicle.com/article/Survivors-Guilt/126710/

Anon 11:45: Actually, I was quoting Galaxy Quest. Oh, how I love Galaxy Quest.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bI5hi4c4y9k&feature=related

CTS: My position is at a mid-sized state research university in a state bordering the Great Lakes. Average class sizes are under 30, the student-faculty ratio is 15:1, and the school employs very few contingent faculty. My teaching load will be 1/1 for the first year, 2/2 thereafter (which I'm pretty happy about).

Anon 6:12: I am, and will remain, zombie.

Bobcat: I'm no Rusty Jones, but thanks! Rusty gave me hope last year.

Anon 5:40: that's an excellent suggestion, and one that warrants a thread of its own. I'll try to get to that very soon.

Xenophon: I've gotten this far without no stinkin' qualia, and I see no reason to change.

Have a green beer on me, y'all!

Anonymous said...

Glad for your success. I'm only at the end of my first year on the market and I already feel totally crushed. So far no calls from 1yr positions, no postdocs, and no chance of getting to stay in my current school (they enforce a draconian rule of having only 3 years of residence after becoming ABD). I am feeling desperate. I hope to be in your position someday soon.

Mr. Zero said...

Hi Anon 9:22,

I know what you're going through. I've been there. But it's far too early to close the book on 1-year positions. Although many of them have already been advertised, many more are on the way. Most of the advertising departments won't start interviewing until late April or May. I interviewed for my current job in early June.

I'm not saying don't worry exactly, but it's definitely too early to think that the 1-year market is over for the year.

Anna Alexandrova said...

oh zombie, what a wonderful news!

...and I hope you realize what a service to the profession your blogging has been. Thank you and good luck with your new life!

Asstro said...

Zombie, somehow I've been slacking on reading this blog, so I'm just catching up now. Major congrats on the placement. Really long overdue. As a longtime lurker, I've appreciated your comments. I hope you continue to post here, even long into your new gig as a tt professor.

I'll tell you one thing. Somebody above mentioned the 'guilt effect', but there's another effect that really doesn't go away: the 'elation effect'.

You know that feeling you have sometimes when you've been drinking at the bar and you feel all fuzzy-cheeked and walk into the restroom and then look in the mirror? That feeling where you just wanna slap your cheeks and pinch yourself and push your tongue against your gums to see if you're still alive? The same one that has you fighting the urge to pee all over the floor? Yeah, that feeling.

For what must've been my full first six months after I got my tt job offer, and then several years after that, I think I had that same feeling. I would stand in front of the mirror and pee on the floor and wonder if it was really me who had gotten the job. It was surreal.

Enjoy the ride. It'll last for a long time.

Word Verification, 'Temphomp': something the likes of which this news most definitely is not.

zombie said...

Anon 9:22, Mr Z is right. It's not too early to give up hope for a fixed term placement. Likewise postdocs.

Asstro and Anna: thanks!

BunnyHugger said...

Congratulations, Zombie. I have, myself, given up, not just for this year but perhaps for good. After six years, it's time. I'm seeking my peace with that.

Someone just showed me this so I'll throw it in to offset my rather depressing remark.

http://theweaselking.livejournal.com/3909121.html