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.

19 comments:

Anonymous said...

congratulations! now just do your best to avoid that post-major-accomplishment black hole that has been known to plauge recent PHD comp examinees...

jeremy said...

Nice use of "recent". I think "the black hole" has been a post-prelim/comps/quals problems in all sociology departments through all historical epochs. I actually went as the Black Hole to a sociology Halloween party when I was in graduate school I dressed all in black, and taped pictures of various kinds of familiar procrastination outlets to myself.

Anonymous said...

congratulations again!

cute post-title, "...tenure"

Tom Bozzo said...

The great university selected well. Now be sure to come back from that reputed to be greater university.

A+ said...

Huge congratulations! Awesome. Well-deserved.

Tonya said...

Congrats and I like the post title too. Very clever.

Tom Volscho said...

Now you don't have to do anything anymore! You can just relax now. Isn't it bizarre that academics at research universities spend so much time preparing for this moment that even if they did want to take a break from research and writing they probably couldn't. If I ever get tenure, maybe I can get my bank back together and when my colleagues ask about me I can answer, "Yeah, I'm doing research..uh it's an ethnography, yeah, an ethnomusicology study, yeah that's it." Congratulations on your big day!

nina said...

Nice! Don't lose it in case they didn't keep a copy and you need proof.
-- paranoid legal type (aka kep)

Aster said...

Congratulations!

lago said...

Congratulations, Jeremy! Does this mean you get free parking on campus?

Goesh said...

Another fine feather for your cap - well earned I'm sure

Anonymous said...

Huge Congratulations. What an accomplishment. --Elizabeth

Anonymous said...

Tremendous, well-deserved news! Congratulations!

I remember the black hole costume. That was particularly clever - even for you.

Dave Brady

jeremy said...

Thanks for the congratulations, all. Although I can't believe someone suggested I might get free parking out of the deal. In the world-at-large, there is no such thing as a free lunch. At the University of Wisconsin, there is no such thing as free parking. It's even a rule that you have to wipe that space off the Monopoly board in order to play the game on campus.

Andrea said...

Congratulations!!

Brayden said...

Congrats Jeremy! Now you can say *whatever* you want on your blog....

Anonymous said...

brayden, you mean he's been holding back?

procfreak said...

congratulations jeremy!

Anonymous said...

Congrats. Actually, at the UW, it is effective as of July 1 (the new fiscal year)..

There is no secret handshake. There is no secret password. There is a not-so-secret magic pass-phrase that tenured faculty get to use when asked to do stuff they don't want to, or attend metings they'd rather skip: "Fuck it!"

In this season, one goes to the Terrace for a brat after incantation of the magic pass-phrase.

UW full prof