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.

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Hey congrats!

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!

Congratulations! Well done.

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

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

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.



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

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

By PuckishOne (not verified) on 23 May 2008 #permalink


Many congrats!

By Julie Stahlhut (not verified) on 23 May 2008 #permalink

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.

By Matt Penfold (not verified) on 23 May 2008 #permalink


Oh! Oh! Yay! Many Congratulations!

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

By Archivist $0.01 (not verified) on 23 May 2008 #permalink


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.

By Super Sally (not verified) on 23 May 2008 #permalink



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

nah, just jocking :P

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.

By S. Rivlin (not verified) on 23 May 2008 #permalink


By Robert Bird (not verified) on 23 May 2008 #permalink

Congratulations as well!

By Hairy Doctor P… (not verified) on 23 May 2008 #permalink

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"!

hey congrats

By brightmoon (not verified) on 23 May 2008 #permalink

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

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.

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!

By WiseWoman (not verified) on 23 May 2008 #permalink

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.

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

By Miss Agent Girl (not verified) on 23 May 2008 #permalink

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

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

"Woo Hoo!" (H. Simpson)

By Jeff Brown (not verified) on 23 May 2008 #permalink


You are now officially a Deep Thought Thinker!

By CCPhysicist (not verified) on 23 May 2008 #permalink


By dileffante (not verified) on 23 May 2008 #permalink


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

Yay! Congrats!

By Christina Pikas (not verified) on 23 May 2008 #permalink


By themadlolscientist (not verified) on 23 May 2008 #permalink

The fools.


By Unlearned Hand (not verified) on 23 May 2008 #permalink

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.

Congratulations on the amazing accomplishment!!

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.

Um, let's be original -


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


By John David Hughes (not verified) on 24 May 2008 #permalink

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.

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

What do the sprogs think? Do they get it?



By CanadianChick (not verified) on 24 May 2008 #permalink

That's fantastic! Congratulations. :)

By Sandra Kiume (not verified) on 24 May 2008 #permalink

Awesome! Unoriginal but nevertheless sincere congratulations!

By Chelonian (not verified) on 25 May 2008 #permalink

Well done Janet!

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

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

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!")

By Oaktown Girl (not verified) on 01 Jun 2008 #permalink