Friday, August 19, 2016

New Job

So, I think it's time I take a minute to tell you all about my new job.  Did you know I got a new job?  Well, SURPRISE!

Actually, to an outside observer, it may not seem as if I got a new job. In fact, it's always sort of awkward when Nick and I announce we got new jobs only to be like, but we still work in the same place, with sorta the same people, doing kinda the same thing...

So a promotion. We have received promotions.  The thing is, at the university they don't really give promotions. If you do a really good job, and the job above you opens up, you still must apply along with the rest of the free world (seriously... our university gets SO MANY APPLICATIONS) and be selected via a competitive process into the new position.  It's just how it works.

Anyway, I am once again announcing on here that I have received a new job.  Based on my count, it's the fifth time in the nearly ten years I have been running this blog that I have posted something similar, and four of those announcements have involved me moving positions within the university.  That seems... excessive.  Which is probably why I haven't mentioned this NEW new job.  But as the semester is about to start, it occurs to me that this "new job" is sort of a big deal, and not really "just a promotion", so it seems worth posting about.

As of July 1st I have become the Director of Undergraduate Studies for our college (not the University as a whole, just for our individual degree program). While I am continuing working with Corrine on our research, that role will now take up much less of my time (25%) and the majority of my effort is moving towards teaching and program direction.  It is truly the best of all worlds, and I am thrilled to have been given this opportunity. I mean, I am really THRILLED.  I am not sure I can clearly say on here without sounding like I am bragging that this is a huge deal and validates all of the hard work I have done over the past several years.  I am really excited about the move, and I am really excited about helping this program grow into what I know it can be. It is going to be hard work, and it is going to take a lot of time and energy and heart, but in the end, I am going to make a lasting impact on this program and these student's lives. And that is really really exciting.

So, with that, I have a new job.  Again. 



  1. Oh my gosh, this is HUGE!! How could you even think you'd have to explain the enormity of this new job? I mean, Director of Undergraduate Studies for your course, that's incredible! Massive congratulations to you xx