Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Tenure Track!

So the news I've been sitting on for about a week is that I have a tenure track job! My new job is at Lorain County Community College, in Elyria OH. Community college will be a shift for me. As Evelyn pot it, I'm on "the front lines of education" (can you hear the shelling?)

Moving will be a, um, challenge, considering all the travel we have scheduled this summer. I'm taking students to China (next week!) and after that I'm participating in the NEH Summer Institute on history and philosophy in China (In Honolulu!) Hopefully, they will let me keep junk in this office for a while. You know how in the movies, when someone gets fired, they are always told "clean out your desk and be out of here by the afternoon" and then they cut to the laid off worker with a single cardboard box of personal affects? That could never happen to me. It will take at least two full work days to sort through all the crap here and get it out.

But by the end of the summer, we should be in Ohio, at least mostly. Maybe. We are looking at places to live. Maybe Avon? Oberlin? There is a Cleveland suburb with "lake" in it--Westlake. Considering I don't want to ever move again, and may never have to move again, picking a place to live should be done carefully. But probably won't be. At least I sold that damn amplifier (and got $80 for it.) Next question: should we take the piano with us?

15 comments:

CA said...

Congratulations Robert! That's great news. And moving to the neighborhood as well! Well, if god-forsaken rural ohio is a neighborhood that is. . .. Though you'll be less rural it appears.

oudemia said...

Yes, congrats!!! In all the Doris Day movies she's supposed to be from Sandusky. I think you should move there. Actually, and Molly probably knows this better than Colin or I, the weather here is insane. Crazy, can't-drive-in-it whiteout snow -- much, much worse than Chicago. I would live as close as you can and still be happy. Write some kind of equation for that.

Coffee-Drinking Woman said...

Woot! Excellent! Congrats!

-Teri

Mona Buonanotte said...

Congrats!

Ask around when you start house-shopping near the new college and find out about the neighborhoods. Real estate folks like to dish, but checkout clerks like to even more.

Chris said...

Congratulations. I hope you and your family enjoy Ohio.

Bill Hooker said...

Congratulations!

jo(e) said...

I left a comment earlier, but I don't think it posted. Anyhow, congratulations!

Breena Ronan said...

Yay!

Anonymous said...

Rob;; Congratulations! SLU loses a great prof.

Now let's go and have a great time in China

Steve

Inside the Philosophy Factory said...

Welcome to the origins of the term "Philosophy Factory" -- The CC scene is an interesting challenge at best and a bit frustrating at worst.

I've been teaching philosophy at a CC for 4 years and have recently come to adopt a new motto, "There is a reason they are here." The thing is that reason is also your challenge and their barrier. In one classroom you will have all sorts of reasons they are there -- mostly they are educational and financial, sometimes they are family-based and quite a few are actually there because they lack the confidence or skill to navigate a larger university. The hardest part of meeting them where they are and helping them rise to your standards is understanding their reasons for being at a (your) CC in the first place.

Feel free to contact me with questions or just to bounce around ideas. If your students are anything like mine, they won't lack intellectual ability, but they will lack training. Seeing the difference is the first challenge.

Aaron said...

Congratulations Rob!

Pippy said...

It looks like I'm coming in a little late on this but big congratulations!! Plus I'm so glad you guys will be inching your way closer to Chicago!

Matthew said...

Congrats! It's too bad SLU didn't realize what they had with you, but I'm glad you finally got a tenure-track job!

Best wishes!

Murky Thoughts said...

O frabjous day! Callooh! Callay! And Mazel Tov to boot! You've got my admiration even just for the psychological side of the game, remaining determined and hopeful (enough) through it all. I'm really happy for you.

Anonymous said...

Rob,

Holy Shit. I stop reading for six weeks and you get a job...more than that, you get a job at a college from which my mom has her degree! And you're thinking of living in my hometown (Avon!). Contact me by e-mail if you want to know something more about this area. I haven't lived there in about ten years, but I visit frequently. Oberlin would be a very nice choice and probably would feel comfortable socially for you guys, but might be a hike in the winter. Avon used to be a farm town when I lived there, but is now a fast-growing suburb that's killing its wetlands as rapidly as its farmlands. It used to be different than Avon Lake (more blue collar, more farms), but now it's pretty much the same. Grafton, Wellington, and LaGrange are still rural enough that the property values are not crazy, but there's not much town life and I'm not sure how the schools are. Westlake is one big subdivision and mall area and taxes were higher in Cuyahoga County (don't know if that's still the case).

My e-mail is williamb at mail dot strose dot edu.

-- Bridgett