Here at EvolutionBlog we’re sometimes a bit slow with the routine maintenance. My blogroll over there has long been in need of a massive updating. My brief attempt to come up with a cool banner for the blog foundered on my general lack of motivation for such a project. And I still haven’t gotten around to figuring out why my Chess links don’t quite format properly.
But if you look carefully you’ll notice one change I managed to get around to with all due speed. I received a letter today informing me that I am no longer expected merely to Assist the other professors, I am now entitled to Associate with them.
I got tenure! Yay! By my count it’s been about fifteen years getting to this point. I started studying mathematics seriously in my last two years of college (a rather late start in this profession). Then it was five years of graduate school, three years as a post-doc in Kansas, and now five years at JMU. Pretty satisfying. Suddenly that obnoxious and contentless rejection letter I received a month ago on a paper the journal should have been honored to publish doesn’t seem to sting so much. (I’ll just patch it up and send it off to the next journal, where it will languish for ten months to a year. What do I care? It’s not like I’m in any great hurry to publish anymore!)
So there you go. Guess now I can tell you what I really think…