Adventures in Ethics and Science

The letter.

In my faculty mailbox today:

After a review of the tenure evaluations and recommendations of the appropriate committees and administrators … I am pleased to inform you that your service to the University merits the award of tenure. I am also pleased to inform you that you have been promoted to the rank of Associate Professor, effective August 21, 2008.

One less thing to worry about while working through the grading.

Comments

  1. #1 LO
    May 23, 2008

    Hey congrats!

  2. #2 Rosie Redfield
    May 23, 2008

    Congratulations! Having tenure does make a BIG difference.

  3. #3 Coturnix
    May 23, 2008

    w000000000000t! Congratulations!!!!!!!!!

  4. #4 DrugMonkey
    May 23, 2008

    Your future students, your philosophy colleagues worldwide and your blog readers are all fortunate that your University has seen fit to endorse your hard efforts over the past years of professordom in this fashion. Congratulations!

  5. #5 Owen
    May 23, 2008

    Congratulations! Well done.

  6. #6 Martin R
    May 23, 2008

    YAY! CONGRATS! And congratulations to San Jose State University on a successful recruitment!

    You’d better update your profile blurb now. (-;

  7. #7 Zeno
    May 23, 2008

    Congratulations! Hurray! Cheers!

  8. #8 ReBecca
    May 23, 2008

    Congrats!!

  9. #9 Laelaps
    May 23, 2008

    Congratulations!

  10. #10 Jeff Knapp
    May 23, 2008

    Wow! Super congrats to you. You are now basically employed for life. Very, very cool.

  11. #11 Monado
    May 23, 2008

    Congratulations! Now you can tell it like it is, research what you like, and jockey for position in the department on a twenty-year plan.

  12. #12 Rev. BigDumbChimp
    May 23, 2008

    congrats!

  13. #13 Paul Lamb
    May 23, 2008

    That’s a pretty fancy way of letting you know.

    Anyway, congratulations!

  14. #14 NP
    May 23, 2008

    Congratulations!

  15. #15 ArtK
    May 23, 2008

    Congratulations! Fantastic news! (Not that there was any doubt you’d make it, was there?)

  16. #16 Tim_A
    May 23, 2008

    Congratulations!

  17. #17 tcmJOE
    May 23, 2008

    Congratulations!

  18. #18 Eva
    May 23, 2008

    Congratulations!!

  19. #19 juniorprof
    May 23, 2008

    Way to go!!

  20. #20 Abi
    May 23, 2008

    Congratulations!!!

  21. #21 Winawer
    May 23, 2008

    Congratulations!

  22. #22 ScienceWoman
    May 23, 2008

    Woohoo! Congratulations! Woohoo!

  23. #23 BT Murtagh
    May 23, 2008

    Congratulations!
    Don’t forget to update your bio-blurb!

  24. #24 dogscratcher
    May 23, 2008

    Well done, from my perspective (as a blog reader) you deserve it.

  25. #25 Anonymoustache
    May 23, 2008

    Congrats!

  26. #26 Liz
    May 23, 2008

    Congratulations! And nice of them to let you know before the long weekend, so you can spend it celebrating.

  27. #27 Copache
    May 23, 2008

    Does tenure give you the right to tell any unruly students to F.O.A.D?

    Also, congrats!

  28. #28 amanda
    May 23, 2008

    Congratulations!!

  29. #29 PalMD
    May 23, 2008

    w00t! Mazel tov!

  30. #30 John Dupuis
    May 23, 2008

    Congratulations!

  31. #31 PuckishOne
    May 23, 2008

    You’ve been a favorite SciBling of mine and my husband’s for a while now, so on behalf of both of us congratulations.

  32. #32 Pinko Punko
    May 23, 2008

    Hey, no you can break out the crazy! Or as we like to say in academia, the eccentric!

    HUZ-ZAH!

  33. #33 jill
    May 23, 2008

    congratulations!

  34. #34 Julie Stahlhut
    May 23, 2008

    Many congrats!

  35. #35 John C. Welch
    May 23, 2008

    Wow, congrats!

  36. #36 Noumena
    May 23, 2008

    Fantastic, congratulations!

  37. #37 juniorprof
    May 23, 2008

    Way to go!!

  38. #38 Matt Penfold
    May 23, 2008

    Well Done Janet.

    Must come as something of a relief. No matter how confident you may be of something, waiting to hear is never easy.

  39. #39 Amanda
    May 23, 2008

    WOOOOHOOOOOOO!!!! Yay!!! That is so wonderful. Congratulations!!!

  40. #40 IanR
    May 23, 2008

    Congrats! Now you can dedicate more time to blogging. :)

  41. #41 mph
    May 23, 2008

    Congratulations!!!

  42. #42 Susan B.
    May 23, 2008

    Hooray! You sound so calm–I think I’d be jumping up and down screaming, and unable to type coherently.

  43. #43 Noumena
    May 23, 2008

    Fantastic, congratulations!

  44. #44 shannon
    May 23, 2008

    Oh! Oh! Yay! Many Congratulations!

  45. #45 Propter Doc
    May 23, 2008

    Congratulations!

  46. #46 Archivist $0.01
    May 23, 2008

    Huzzah! We are not surprised but we are very pleased for you.

  47. #47 Chris
    May 23, 2008

    Congrats!!

  48. #48 ceresina
    May 23, 2008

    Congratulations!

  49. #49 Super Sally
    May 23, 2008

    We never doubted, but as per Duke’s motto trust, but verify. Just as I predicted, you heard 2 days after we left the jurisdiction. Sorry we’re not there to celebrate with you, but we will definitely celebrate for you.

    Now back to your grading, Cinderella.

  50. #50 Joe
    May 23, 2008

    Yes!

  51. #51 Chad Orzel
    May 23, 2008

    Woo-hoo!
    String a hammock in your office, and nap the next thirty years away…

  52. #52 grrlpup
    May 23, 2008

    They’re fortunate! congratulations!

  53. #53 Laurent
    May 23, 2008

    Congratulations!

  54. #54 Ron
    May 23, 2008

    Congratulations!

  55. #55 Bing McGhandi
    May 23, 2008

    Frackin’ awesome! That makes me very happy, and I have no idea who you are!

    HJ

  56. #56 Bourgeois_Rage
    May 23, 2008

    Congrats!

  57. #57 Monika Kress
    May 23, 2008

    congrats from a fellow SJSU prof! (I just got “retained” here myself, yay!)

  58. #58 Mytho
    May 23, 2008

    Congratulations!

    Now you should help other people get their tenure, like that Gonzalez guy.

    nah, just jocking :P

  59. #59 Mike Haubrich, FCD
    May 23, 2008

    Yes! Congrats!

  60. #60 Brian
    May 23, 2008

    Congratulations! I know it is a huge relief.

  61. #61 Joe
    May 23, 2008

    Yes!

  62. #62 Tara C. Smith
    May 23, 2008

    Congrats Janet!

  63. #63 Inoculated Mind
    May 23, 2008

    AWESOME!

  64. #64 bill
    May 23, 2008

    Well done!

  65. #65 Kim
    May 23, 2008

    Yay! Congratulations!

  66. #66 Evolved Rationalist
    May 23, 2008

    Congratulations!

  67. #67 S. Rivlin
    May 23, 2008

    I would say that your university is very fortunate to have you as a faculty member. Congratulations and many wishes for a great and successful future.

  68. #68 decrepitoldfool
    May 23, 2008

    Yea! Congratulations! Now you can open up a can of…

  69. #69 Kenny Easwaran
    May 23, 2008

    Congratulations!

  70. #70 Robert Bird
    May 23, 2008

    Congratulations.

  71. #71 Hairy Doctor Professor
    May 23, 2008

    Congratulations as well!

  72. #72 Becca
    May 23, 2008

    Congrats!!!
    Please tell us you are going to do something nice and outlandish like parade around with a feather boa and start calling your Department Head “Dr. Fabulous”!

  73. #73 brightmoon
    May 23, 2008

    hey congrats

  74. #74 Sean Carroll
    May 23, 2008

    Woohoo! Now you can kick back and work on that novel.

  75. #75 Dave Munger
    May 23, 2008

    Wow, you spend too much time in a hotel with crappy wifi and look what happens while you aren’t looking!

    Congratulations!

  76. #76 Dior
    May 23, 2008

    Congratz girl, take the sprogs out on the town!!

  77. #77 Steve Higgins
    May 23, 2008

    I believe the ‘correct’ thing to do for tenure is to get what is called a tenure tattoo. This tattoo is specifically for ones face and usually covers over 30% of the visible skin.

    I look forward to seeing yours.

  78. #78 Kevin F
    May 23, 2008

    Congratulations! See if they can hurry my letter along, it has been 9 freakin’ months!

  79. #79 Burt Humburg
    May 23, 2008

    Congratulations, associate!

    BCH

  80. #80 Kristjan Wager
    May 23, 2008

    Congratulations.

  81. #81 WiseWoman
    May 23, 2008

    Way to go!!! Now get down to the mall, all by yourself, and get yourself a really fancy tenure ring or tenure scarf or something. Reward yourself!

  82. #82 cory
    May 23, 2008

    Doctorates in P-chem AND Philosophy? When did you sleep? Very cool transition, though.

    Coincidentally a friend of mine, in the Dept wherin I toil as staff polloi, just defended her dissertation yesterday and will soon be arriving at her first academic posting at…San Jose State.

  83. #83 drdrA
    May 23, 2008

    Really, really excellent! Congrats!

    Can we throw you a virtual party to celebrate?

  84. #84 Academic
    May 23, 2008

    Congratulations. Many years!

    And what a low-key post to celebrate ;)

  85. #85 Miss Agent Girl
    May 23, 2008

    CONGRATS!!!. What an awesome accomplishment. I’m sure the t-shirt will arrive shortly.

  86. #86 Colin Caret
    May 23, 2008

    Congrats Janet, and much deserved!

  87. #87 Jonathan Vos Post
    May 23, 2008

    Congratulations, Tenured Professor Janet D. Stemwedel. NOW, as it is safe at last, can you tell us what you are REALLY thinking about;)

  88. #88 Prof. Bleen
    May 23, 2008

    Congratulations! Now nothing stands in the way of your plans for world domination! : )

  89. #89 MandyDax
    May 23, 2008

    Congratulations! I’m sure it’s well deserved. :D

  90. #90 Jeff Brown
    May 23, 2008

    Congrats! To quote one of the great philosophers of the late 20th century,

    “Woo Hoo!” (H. Simpson)

  91. #91 The Neurocritic
    May 23, 2008

    Congratulations! You certainly deserve it, (tenured) Professor Stemwedel!

  92. #92 CCPhysicist
    May 23, 2008

    Congratulations!

    You are now officially a Deep Thought Thinker!

  93. #93 dileffante
    May 23, 2008

    Felicitaciones!!!

  94. #94 PhysioProf
    May 23, 2008

    Huzzah!

  95. #95 Signout
    May 23, 2008

    Hooray! Congratulations on this hard-earned honor!

  96. #96 Alan Kellogg
    May 23, 2008

    So, where’s the endowed chair? You aint nuttin’ till you gots that endowed chair. :)

  97. #97 acmegirl
    May 23, 2008

    Hooray! Congratulations!

  98. #98 Laura
    May 23, 2008

    W00T!!

  99. #99 William
    May 23, 2008

    Congratulations!

  100. #100 thomas
    May 23, 2008

    6.022 x 10^23 congrats

  101. #101 Kimpatsu
    May 23, 2008

    O-medeto gozaimasu.
    Aren’t you supposed to eat your brain now?

  102. #102 Christina Pikas
    May 24, 2008

    Yay! Congrats!

  103. #103 themadlolscientist
    May 24, 2008

    YAAAAAAAAAAAAAYYYYYYYYY!!!!!111111!!!!!!eleventyone!!!!1!!

  104. #104 Elizabeth GM
    May 24, 2008

    Hooooorah! Congratulations!!!

  105. #105 Unlearned Hand
    May 24, 2008

    The fools.

    Congrats!

  106. #106 Ed Darrell
    May 24, 2008

    The wisdom and warm fuzzies go all the way to 11.

    Congratulations.

  107. #107 AJK
    May 24, 2008

    Congrats on such a momentous accomplishment. Of course we all knew your service merited the award of tenure; the issue was whether or not you’d receive it. Glad to see an expected result. Nice as well to see the litany of accolades here, which is also–though not quite as–impressive.

  108. #108 rodana
    May 24, 2008

    Congratulations on the amazing accomplishment!!

  109. #109 SteveG
    May 24, 2008

    Major congratulations! Welcome to the world of academic freedom where you can not only pursue novel, controversial lines of research, but you can call your chair a self-absorbed, know nothing jerk and get away with it.

  110. #110 Bob O'H
    May 24, 2008

    Um, let’s be original –

    Congratulations!

    You did check that the envelope was addressed to you, didn’t you? It could be embarrassing otherwise.

  111. #111 James Hrynyshyn
    May 24, 2008

    Fan-frakkin-tastic

  112. #112 John David Hughes
    May 24, 2008

    Congratulations!

  113. #113 kevin z
    May 24, 2008

    Janet, thats awesome! Can you get me a job now??
    ;p

    but seriously… I need a job… anyone?…

  114. #114 MIkeG
    May 24, 2008

    Late to the party, but let me add my congratulations as well.

    I’m glad the good work you do here was part of that decision.

  115. #115 Citronella
    May 24, 2008

    It’s hardly imaginative, but congratulations nevertheless!

  116. Congratulations!

  117. #117 razib
    May 24, 2008

    congratulations!

  118. #118 MPW
    May 24, 2008

    So nice to see one of the good guys win in real life.

    What do the sprogs think? Do they get it?

  119. #119 Mac
    May 24, 2008

    Congrats!

  120. #120 Jane
    May 25, 2008

    Yay! Congratulations!!!

    Time to break out the tenure tiara!

  121. #121 CanadianChick
    May 25, 2008

    w00t!

    Conga-rats!

  122. #122 Sandra Kiume
    May 25, 2008

    That’s fantastic! Congratulations. :)

  123. #123 Chelonian
    May 25, 2008

    Awesome! Unoriginal but nevertheless sincere congratulations!

  124. #124 Simon
    May 25, 2008

    Well done Janet!

  125. #125 Natalie
    May 25, 2008

    Huzzah! Congratulations. What a lovely way to start the summer.

  126. #126 J-Dog
    May 25, 2008

    YAY!!! Primarily due to the Friday Sprog Blogs, right? I feel like someone on my own family just got tenure, so MAJOR LEAGUE CONGRATUALTIONS.

  127. #127 Guru
    May 26, 2008

    Congratulations!!

  128. #128 JM
    May 26, 2008

    hooray!

  129. #129 CHANGCHO
    May 28, 2008

    Congrats, coach Janet, er. Dr. Free-Ride!

  130. #130 Leah
    June 1, 2008

    late to the game, as I’m just catching up on my RSS now, so yippee and congrats! What a relief :-)

  131. #131 Oaktown Girl
    June 1, 2008

    Hey, hey! Great news, and congrats!
    As Archie Bunker would say, “Whoop dee doo, whoop dee doo!”
    (Thought I’d give you an old school celebratory cheer since everyone else these days is using Homer Simpson’s “Whoo-hoo!”)

  132. Belated congratulations!!

  133. #133 Amelie
    June 13, 2008

    Congratulations!!

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