William Allen White on William McKinley
Published in The Autobiography of William Allen White (1946)
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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.