Saturday, December 1, 2007

The Update!

Okay - first off, thank you all so much for your good thoughts - both TD and I credit the blogosphere with a nice chunk of how well it went during his campus visit! (wink, wink...)

And that brings me to the true update: when I arrived at the hotel last night to meet up with him after his day-long campus visit, he looked all grinny and slightly high - like he'd just gotten asked to the prom! The visit went (and I quote TD here): "Better than I ever thought it could."


!!!!!

Everyone loved him and he loved everyone - they have a new Dean who's pouring money into this department (literally, inundating these people with money). The department had taken a hit in the last couple of years - in TD's field, professors move around a lot and 4-5 profs in the last couple of years have left to go elsewhere because of issues with "resources" - however, they have a new Dean just this year who's all about hiring great new folks - they actually have 7-8 tenure lines that they can fill with anyone they want (i.e., any subfield). SO, TD would be in on the ground floor with a department that's on its way toward getting back on top (the Uni itself is one of the best state schools in the country, but this department has gone through a bit of a transitional period lately). They are hiring great people this year - TD would be their first junior offer and they already have 4 senior offers out. So, his jobtalk went awesome and he had a fabulous 3-hour dinner with the senior "Big Cheese Grand Poobah" in his subfield (who would be a fantastic mentor for TD) and when this lovely, bombastic, rotund Frenchman finally took him back to the hotel, and before TD could get out of the car, the "BCGP" said, "TD, I'm going to talk my colleagues on the hiring committee into offering you the job" - that's code for "expect a call from us next week." BCGP is also on the hiring committee...

So, TD has told me that he would be surprised if he didn't hear from them by Wednesday - basically, whenever the committee can get together and meet!


AAAAAARRRRRRRGGGGGGGHHHHHHHHH!


And so TD would broker a very awesome deal ($$$$$, low teaching load, perks) and we'll almost certainly have this whole thing settled by Christmas!

Oh. My. God.

We're both looking at each other like, "what do we talk about now??"

Hee, hee...

I will keep everyone updated on the status of the actual offer when it's forthcoming (notice my total confidence)!



YAY!

16 comments:

Addy N. said...

That is wonderfully amazing! I hope it all turns out as good as it sounds! I'll keep my fingers crossed that the offer comes soon. How exciting!

adjunct whore said...

wow, this is so awesome....this is what mr. whore and i hoped and fantasized for us, alas and alack, no got here. but it IS really and genuinely wonderful to hear that sometimes, the system works for the goodness of people.

keep us posted, very exciting news!

Dr. Virago said...

The not-counting-chickens old wife in me (or rather, the voice of my mother) is afraid to say "Yay! Huzzah!" But t'hell with that voice...

Yay! Huzzah!

What Now? said...

Fingers crossed so hard it's hard to type!!

Hilaire said...

Oh my god, so wonderful! What a story. Fingers crossed, oh my!!

heu mihi said...

Hooray! Hooray!

Thoroughly Educated said...

Eeeeeeeee! So exciting!

Belle said...

I'm with Dr Virago in every way - but, but.. to hell with it.

HOORAY!!!

Pilgrim/Heretic said...

Ooo, the anti-chicken-counter me hesitates as well, but this is AWESOME news and very much what you both deserve. Yay!

medieval woman said...

Thank you dear people! I will keep you posted on the chicken-hatching. Hopefully this week!

But now, back to our regularly scheduled grading bonanza.

squadratomagico said...

WoooHooo! Yay for the Dutchman! Hurrah for Medieval Woman!

squadratomagico said...

Oh! And you're tagged!

Hilaire said...

Eep - I just tagged you, too!

Notorious Ph.D. said...

Okay, I should let you know that I've been called "The Fairy of Doom," so I can't quite bring myself to say "congratulations" quite yet.

But...

This sounds really, really positive, and I'm seriously hoping for a quick answer -- the right answer, of course! -- for both of you.

((crosses fingers, toes, eyes...))


[word verification/definition game: dhzfi: what I ordered for lunch at the nearby Afghani restaurant last week. Yum!]

New Kid on the Hallway said...

Sounds wonderful! Fingers tightly tightly crossed here too!!

Bardiac said...

Fingers crossed here, too.