I posted almost a month ago to report that I had two campus interviews. To my surprise, I got a job offer. If you asked me after the visits, which school would be more likely to contact me, it wouldn’t be the one that made the offer. I was truly surprised by the call, but beyond grateful.
I then spent a good amount of time trying to figure out how I’m going to get tenure. I kind of skipped the step where you celebrate, but I did feel some relief for a day or two. I spent part of this week trying to figure out what books I want to assign for the two classes I will be teaching in the fall, so I kind of feel like I’ve started already. I think it is difficult to transition from job market desperation to some form of security. Right now, I’m preparing to go to commencement in a month and spend three weeks in the archive.
I’m probably still in shock.
Amazingly, I had two campus interviews this week. The whole thing was a bit surreal. I had my first visit two years ago and suddenly had two in a week. One job seemed like a poor fit for me, but the second one was exciting because I could imagine myself working there. The first job was at a R1 school where I gave a job talk and the second was at a teaching-focused university where I gave a lecture (on Nazi philosophy and the origins of WWII). At first, I was hesitant about the lecture because it isn’t my expertise, but I ended up enjoying the lecture much more. I realized (or remembered) that I really enjoy teaching and interacting with students.
This week will be filled with keeping my fingers crossed, but I’m finishing up a conference paper this weekend. I’m still tired from the busy week I had, so I’m looking forward to a quieter week. I’ve now had 5 interviews this season and I have a 6th in a couple of weeks via Skype. I really do want the job at the second university I went to, but this whole process has been encouraging because I am beginning to think that I just might find a job in academia. I could never feel hopeful with one interview a year, but more opportunities to interview leads me to believe that I will find work in this world. I just have to keep sending out applications.