26 January 2008

The Joys of Finding a Faculty Position

I've been reading Love is a Mixtape by Rob Sheffield - a pretty good book, maybe a little depressing and less music oriented than I expected - but Sheffield did hit it with this quote about grad school. Specifically, he talks about the idea of going to grad school and getting a tenure-track faculty job ...
My friends and I assumed that we would soon be tenured professors, which is an excellent life goal - it's like planning to be Cher. You think, I'm going to wear beads and fringed gowns, sing "Gypsies, Tramps, and Thieves" on the way to work every morning, and then one day, I'm going to get a call saying, "Congratulations! You're Cher! Can you make it to Vegas by showtime?"


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