Because of the way my uni separates promotion and tenure, I honestly wasn’t that freaked out when, at the end of our January department meeting, the time came for my tenure vote. (I can elaborate on that once the official Board of Regents letter comes in the mail, but suffice it to say promotion is a demoralizing university-wide ranking system while tenure is left to the colleagues who know you best, your Department).
I’ve also been majorly distracted now that I’m in a new position as Interim PCEM Program Director, which continues to cause anxiety because of all the new information and crazy amounts of email.
But when it came down to it, I felt confident about my tenure vote because I’ve had “Above” evals since I started at UW-Stout in 2008 and have continued to serve my Department, the University and the Profession diligently and enthusiastically. To get a sense of my statement you can read my Tenure Portfolio Narrative 2014 or check out this wordle:
In brief, the vote came in “All in Favor” and there were handshakes and hugs all around!
I had always joked that I’d immediately become this guy:
but when I went to search for that image, this one seemed more accurate:
I’m no poser, but there’s been so much written about the academic “impostor syndrome,” I couldn’t help but smirk, especially considering this piece that lists the first cure for said syndrome is getting tenure!
So with that, I can breathe a little easier but still spend my weekends writing and trying to meet deadlines since there’s no time during the week! 😛