Tenure!

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…

Comments

  1. #1 DrugMonkey
    May 6, 2008

    Congratulations!

    (how’s that beard coming along?)

  2. #2 BobbyEarle
    May 6, 2008

    Congratulations! I am glad to see that JMU values and appreciates you. Way to go, dog!

  3. #3 Blake Stacey
    May 6, 2008

    Congratulations!

  4. #4 PhysioProf
    May 6, 2008

    Cogratulations, dude! You kick fucking ass!!

  5. That’s great news!

  6. #6 Joe Shelby
    May 6, 2008

    So when will they get around to updating the web site?

    http://www.math.jmu.edu/faculty_staff/index.html#Rs
    :)

    now just wait’ll you get your own students coming to you going “you know, you were my prof 20 years ago AND YOU’RE STILL HERE???”…which I can just about do to messers Hanson, Droms, Chiang, and Sochacki…

  7. #7 SWT
    May 6, 2008

    Congratulations!

    What do I care? It’s not like I’m in any great hurry to publish anymore!

    Don’t forget about promotion to full professor …

  8. #8 Jason Rosenhouse
    May 6, 2008

    SWT-

    Well thank you Doctor Buzzkill.

  9. #9 RBH
    May 6, 2008

    Congratulations. I remember getting the same letter more than 30 years ago, and remember how good it felt to know that the work had a payoff.

  10. #10 Tara C. Smith
    May 6, 2008

    Congrats Jason!

  11. #11 John Dupuis
    May 6, 2008

    Congrats!

  12. #12 sachatur
    May 6, 2008

    *delurk*
    Congratulations!
    Now you can blog more!

  13. #13 Chuck
    May 6, 2008

    Now you get to serve on even more committees!

  14. #14 haydar dumen
    May 6, 2008

    That’s great news! Congratulations.

  15. #15 heddle
    May 6, 2008

    Welcome to the fraternity! I was wondering about that, but too afraid to ask. You will find it to be a cozy cocoon.

    Congratulations– I am sure it was well deserved.

  16. #16 abelian jeff
    May 6, 2008

    Congratulations!! That’s awesome!!

  17. #17 rimpal
    May 6, 2008

    And how did that celebration go? Are you still sober stiff? Who cares? You got tenure, that’s all that matters. Great work!! Keep it up. It’s going to a be long night at the other “mathematician’s” blog! Gloating could never be better.

  18. #18 decrepitoldfool
    May 6, 2008

    Wonderful! Congratulations!

  19. #19 Reginald Selkirk
    May 6, 2008

    Congratulations. Lifetime job security is nice, but don’t go too wild. They usually stick some clause in there about gross moral turpitude.

  20. #20 SLC
    May 6, 2008

    Congratulations. Just don’t turn into another Michael Behe.

  21. #21 Doc Bill
    May 6, 2008

    Congrats! Next stop, full professor!

  22. #22 The Ridger
    May 6, 2008

    Well-deserved congrats!

  23. #23 ned rosen
    May 6, 2008

    What’s the difference between a tenured professor and a terrorist?
    You can negotiate with a terrorist.

    Congratulations, Jason! Happy to hear the good news.

  24. #24 Joe
    May 6, 2008

    Congrats Jason!

  25. #25 Russell Blackford
    May 6, 2008

    That’s great news, Jason. Congratulations!

  26. #26 Timcol
    May 6, 2008

    Very well done Prof!!! Hopefully you will now have more time to blog – we miss your great posts!

  27. #27 Tom Levenson
    May 6, 2008

    Just crossed that hurdle myself last year, so I can guess something of the blood alchohol level (or its personal, psychic equivalent) now coursing through you.

    Congrats. Do what I didn’t: kick back for a summer and really enjoy.

  28. #28 Ron Brown
    May 6, 2008

    Congratulations! This is HUGE!

    Time to start running through the department in your underwear while writing textbooks :)

  29. #29 snafu
    May 7, 2008

    awesome. well done.

  30. #30 John Farrell
    May 7, 2008

    Congratulations, Jason! Hard work rewarded….(of course, this means we’ll see probably less blogging now…)

  31. #31 Dave Munger
    May 7, 2008

    Woohoo! Congratulations!

  32. #32 tabuhan
    May 7, 2008

    Thanks Thanks..

  33. #33 SteveWH
    May 7, 2008

    Congratulations!

  34. #34 Matthew C. Nisbet
    May 7, 2008

    Glad to see that the turn around time at math journals is about as bad as it is at communication journals. ;-)

    Congratulations on years of hard work!

  35. #35 Laelaps
    May 7, 2008

    Congratulations!

  36. #36 Larry Moran
    May 7, 2008

    Excellent news! Congratulations!

    Is this when we discover that you’re really a closet creationist?

  37. #37 alloy
    May 7, 2008

    (/lurk)

    Congratulations.

    (lurk)

  38. #38 dogscratcher
    May 7, 2008

    Well done, you inspire me.

  39. #39 Joe McCarthy
    May 7, 2008

    Congrats! Now you can do a Behe and they’ll still have to pay you. Maybe you could write a book on the advanced math hidden in the bible?

  40. #40 Strider
    May 7, 2008

    Congratulations!

  41. #41 Eisnel
    May 7, 2008

    Congratulations!

  42. #42 Kevin
    May 7, 2008

    wow… good for you….now if they would only pay you….

  43. #43 Greta Christina
    May 7, 2008

    Congratulations! Excellent news.

  44. #44 Jason Rosenhouse
    May 7, 2008

    Thanks for all the kind words!

  45. #45 Leni
    May 7, 2008

    Excellent news!

    Your full initiation into the Cabal of Evil Evolutionsts will begin at midnight on the next new moon.

    Please note that you must bring your own goat, although the Cabal will provide the chalice and ceremonial knife for the collection of its blood. Attached is a map, including adjacent parking, and instructions for proper sacrificial technique. In the event of inclement weather the goat blood will be warmed, and sinister black hooded cloaks will be provided.

  46. #46 J. J. Ramsey
    May 7, 2008

    Larry Moran: “Is this when we discover that you’re really a closet creationist?”

    I don’t doubt that he’s a closet creationist. I’m sure he believes that closets were created. :-)

    Congratulations!

  47. #47 Abel Pharmboy
    May 7, 2008

    How did I miss this yesterday? Congratulations, Jason! Loved the new post and the blog name change.

  48. #48 NP
    May 8, 2008

    Congratulations!

  49. #49 cl
    May 8, 2008

    Hey right on.

    I’m just some random lurker who stopped by your blog off some other link, left a comment for that Mr. Brendemuehl guy, and then got dissed hard by what I assume are some of your regular readers.

    At any rate, I know nothing of your numbers but your words seem to come well too. Congrats on the tenure thing; surely it feels good to see something like that come to fruition.

    So, good to meet you, and I apologize for all the mb on your recent ‘expelled’ thread. But there is some nonsense in the comments there from many sides.

  50. #50 The Science Pundit
    May 8, 2008

    Congrats!!!

  51. #51 Zeno
    May 8, 2008

    Felicitations!

  52. #52 David D.G.
    May 8, 2008

    Congratulations, Jason!

    ~David D.G.

  53. #53 stephen murphy
    May 8, 2008

    I will be boring but do want to add my congrats (like the spoof page that follows this post).

    I have sent you a “Bill D.”TM brand sweater in honor of tenure and your new blog :)

  54. #54 Salvador T. Cordova
    May 8, 2008

    Congratulations!

    And good luck on writing your book.

    Salvador

  55. #55 The Beagle Project
    May 8, 2008

    (a) Congrats
    (b) The banner is good: has blog title, says what it’s about, is clear, uncluttered and does not make William of Ockham spin in his esteemed grave.

  56. #56 David
    May 8, 2008

    You sound like an obmoxious little toad who has just (only just)passed muster with some outback, Nazi educational authority in No-wheres-ville despite yourself. Good luck and may yr. Gawd bless yah!

  57. #57 burredbrain
    May 8, 2008

    delurk: Congratulations; obviously I follow your blog, and enjoy it…lurk

  58. #58 tabuhan
    May 10, 2008

    thanks..

  59. #59 Su Arıtma Cihazları
    May 12, 2008

    Su Arıtma Cihazları

    Nice Site thank you

  60. #60 Immunologist
    May 15, 2008

    So, tenure in mathematics? Some signficant research as been done granting of Ph.D.s in mathematics, and the salient details summarized in the excellent graph….
    http://graphjam.files.wordpress.com/2008/03/funny-graphs-phd-in-math.gif

  61. #61 aSk Blogcu
    May 20, 2008

    Nice Job, Thank You

  62. #62 Manken Frikikleri
    August 22, 2008

    Thnks is good jobs. nice site

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