Another word for anticlimactic: Tenure

The interoffice mail has brought word from the provost’s office that I’ve been recommended for tenure, which will officially be conferred in May by the Board of Trustees.  Longtime readers will remember that I was promoted last year, but denied tenure for “insufficient achievement in years in rank.”  And so, after continuing to breathe for another year, I’ve made it.

It was my understanding that the university would have been in precarious legal position not to offer me tenure after promoting me,* so this is hardly a surprise, though it’s welcome all the same.

I will say that the timing’s all wrong: We’ve still got 2 weeks of classes, plus exams . . . it’s not as though I can kick back or anything.  In fact, taking a peek at the calendar for the next couple of weeks, we may not even get a dinner out of this.  And the pay raise came last year, so I’m not sure what effect this will really have.  Maybe it’ll be clearer in a couple of months.  (More blog posts with a mid-afternoon timestamp?)

* A friend of mine on the promotion and tenure committee has been joking since *last* April about convincing the committee this year *not* to tenure me, in exchange for a finder’s fee from the inevitable lawsuit and fat settlement.

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13 Responses to Another word for anticlimactic: Tenure

  1. John Jones says:


  2. rachel says:

    Great news, Jason. Congrats!

  3. Alex Jarvis says:

    Well Deserved. Congrats, Doc!

  4. steph says:


  5. Michael Elliott says:

    Congratulations, Jason!

    My own anticlimax story is this: I received news that the president’s committee had approved it when I was getting messages in the hours after Gabriel was born. At that moment, it hardly seemed important. Of course, it was also better than the alternative.

  6. KF says:

    Congratulations, indeed! (But boy, howdy, do I understand the anticlimactic thing. After waiting by the phone for hours the night I was supposed to get the word, I wound up finding out via the voicemail waiting in the office the next day.)

  7. G says:


  8. jbj says:

    Aw, thanks, everybody!

    In the event, the thing I did last night to celebrate was go to sleep at around 8pm. Apparently I am very old.

  9. Frothy McBaldman says:

    Congrats! Now you can tell kids to get off your lawn with the reasonable certainty that it will remain your lawn for the foreseeable future!

  10. Melanie says:

    Congrats Dr. Jones (which I have failed to call you all semester) This is great. And now you can read Eliot stories about the poop deck as a tenured professor. He will be proud!

  11. jbj says:

    Just so you know, Melanie–that is exclusively how I calculate grades: “Did she call me Dr. Jones, or not?”

  12. Brian says:

    Congrats, Jason. Not unexpected, but nice to have sorted out, I’m sure.

  13. Alex says:

    now THAT’s thinking tenure!

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