No Hard Feelings

25 05 2010

As I’ve posted on here previously, my job search came down between two schools. They each had their pros and cons, and I ended up picking the job with more pros. However, I feel terrible for turning down the other job. When I had to call them to tell them that I wasn’t going to accept their offer, I had this horrible knot in my stomach and I felt terrible for having to do it. I guess the fact that they were my first interview and I really liked the people made it much more difficult that I thought it would/should be.

I felt bad for dragging our my decision for the length of time that I did, but it was necessary on my end in order to make a completely informed and responsible decision. In the end, I feel as though I made the right choice, but I can’t help but feel badly for the school that I turned down. It appears that any applicants other than myself had already accepted other positions or were no longer interested for whatever reason because the ad for the position is back in circulation. I truthfully hope they find the perfect person, and whomever they hire is going to be very fortunate. The department that they have in place at this institution is great and all of the faculty appear to genuinely get along…which I have discovered is rather rare. The pay that they offered me is quite good considering the type of position, a lecturer. It was even on par with some higher level positions at other institutions.

That was almost a month ago, and I still feel badly about it. All I can do now is move on and focus on the current task at hand…moving! It is going to be a whirlwind month before my new job officially starts on July 1! A new chapter of my life…FINALLY!


It’s Official!

14 05 2010

Well, the choice has been made! I have decided to accept a position as an Assistant Professor at a College of Pharmacy! I’m very excited to start my new position! It starts July 1st! Not a lot of time to mess around…I’ve got stuff to do!

Life After the Defense

3 05 2010

My life seems completely different, now, than it was just last week. It feels like a huge burden has been lifted off of my shoulders, and I can breath again. In reality, my dissertation is due to the university today, but unfortunately mine will not be turned in today. Our dissertations have to go through and extensive format review process that can take up to 8 weeks! Due to various circumstances, I was unable to obtain full format approval from the university before the deadline, but thankfully our university has contingency plans in place. Since I had the body of my dissertation complete and I have successfully defended it, I have been granted a “walk extension.” This means that I will get to fully participate in graduation, walk across the stage and get hooded, and receive my blank piece of paper. However, I will not get my official diploma until my dissertation is accepted by the university. I have until July 31 to complete this task, and my diploma will still say May 2010! I will receive and “I” on my transcript until it is turned in, but then it will be changed and the university will provide me with written documentation to provide any potential employers. You all should have seen me Friday running around trying to figure out what I was going to do since I didn’t get final approval in time, and then when I discovered this process I let out the biggest sigh of relief…ever! In theory, I don’t have too much more work to do on it, so hopefully I can knock it out ASAP and be done with it completely.

In related news, my official interview (that I have known was coming for over a month) has finally been approved, and I should get the details today. It will be this Wednesday and Thursday! I am very excited to go and see if I will be a good fit for this place, and to meet the faculty in person. I’ve learned that you can NOT tell a lot about people from their faculty pictures on the school’s website. The good thing is that my talk is a research talk, so I will just give a shortened version of my defense presentation…that makes it a lot less nerve racking for me! I’ll be sure to let you all now how this one turns out!

JB, Ph.D.