Wednesday, June 22, 2005
sevenure, eighture, nineure...
Meanwhile, earlier this week I did get the final-final letter (from the Chancellor), which means I no longer have to make cloaked or qualified references and can announce officially that I have received tenure by my department. I believe that it is not actually effective until the start of the fall semester, although I haven't been told that officially. I also haven't been taught the secret handshake or any of the passwords.
Receiving tenure is a lot like finishing a dissertation, where the end is so protracted with so many different administrative hurdle-points that the final-end-end of the process, when it does come, is itself completely anticlimactic. Which doesn't mean that I'm not glad it's over.
I do want to say that I appreciate the various congratulations I have received from friends I know who read this blog (including the friends I have made because of this blog), and I also appreciate all the indulgence friends have shown toward the various neuroses of mine being an assistant professor has put on such pronounced display.