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May 3, 2005

Capital Times

I think it's safe to let everyone know that my job search has reached a happy conclusion. I've just accepted an offer for a visiting assistant professor position in media studies at Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. I'll have a lot more to say about this news in the next few days, but it looks like a great opportunity, both in terms of teaching and research, not to mention the opportunity to live in yet another cool city.

I'm still sorting out some of the details, but it looks like I'll be heading up to Washington in a few weeks to start looking for an apartment, probably in Hyattsville or Silver Spring (as long as I'm on Metro, I'm cool). If anyone has any suggestions about where to look for affordable housing in D.C., I'd love to hear them.

Posted by chuck at May 3, 2005 10:11 PM

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Chuck, I hardly knew ye. I'm glad I got to meet you at that one blogger trivia night. We'll be at the Mellow Mushroom on Peachtree for trivia tomorrow night at 8 p.m. if you want to drop by. Good luck with the new gig!

Posted by: Rusty at May 3, 2005 11:29 PM

Hyattsville! Hyattsville!

Preferably walking distance to Franklin's.

I hear 43rd Avenue is nice. ;-)

Posted by: GZombie at May 3, 2005 11:33 PM

Congrats, and I don't know why on earth it took so long for someone so eminently qualified to get a good position (scratch that -- I know how academia works -- but I'm glad you found a good position!).

Of course, I just left Virginia, and now you're moving (almost) there...

Posted by: TerminalMFA at May 3, 2005 11:42 PM

Congratulations, Chuck... That is some great news.

Posted by: Dylan at May 4, 2005 12:06 AM

Congratulations again Chuck. Glad to know another Wordherder will be in DC. I second George's nomination for Hyattsville, if only because it's much more affordable. Silver Spring is nice, but cheap it is not...

Posted by: Jason at May 4, 2005 12:24 AM

Awesome news. Congrats!

Posted by: Jennifer at May 4, 2005 6:43 AM


Posted by: New Kid on the Hallway at May 4, 2005 8:35 AM

yeah, fantastic!

Posted by: laura at May 4, 2005 8:51 AM

Congratulations! We've been pulling for you . . .

As for housing, Hyattsville, College Park, and Greenbelt (the outer stops on the green line) are the most likely to find you affordable housing (affordable, of course, being relative). I also know that some of my colleagues have recently found some success in neighborhoods/towns traditionally viewed as less desirable (Landover, New Carrolton, etc.) that hit the orange line, though that is less convenient to CUA. Drop me a line if you'd like to know more about the housing market that I am (thank god) just about to leave behind.

Posted by: Ryan [TypeKey Profile Page] at May 4, 2005 10:57 AM

Thanks for the kind words everyone.

GZombie, Jason, and Ryan: Thanks for the housing tips & I'll likely be in touch with you over email. I'm probably going to be in DC in late May to start looking for a place, so I'll probably check in soon.

Posted by: Chuck [TypeKey Profile Page] at May 4, 2005 11:05 AM

Congratulations! From watching all of my colleagues in action, I know how grueling and nail-baiting those job search months are. I hope the new post won't take too much time away from your blogging...

Posted by: Chris at May 4, 2005 11:27 AM

That's wonderful news, Chuck! I'll add to the oooh-move-to-this-neighborhood cacophony: Takoma Park works for me.

Posted by: dave at May 4, 2005 12:13 PM

Dave, is Takoma Park on Metro? I think GZombie may have mentioned it to me during a separate conversation.

Chris, over the summer, I imagine I'll be blogging a lot about the move, but once I get to DC, I don't think I'll blog significantly less often. My teaching schedule will be significantly different next year (no freshman composition), so we'll see how it goes.

Posted by: Chuck [TypeKey Profile Page] at May 4, 2005 12:24 PM

Congratulations! That's awesome news.

Of course it's a bummer for us that you won't be in Atlanta any more. There was a UMD comp sci project called Homefinder that's now apparently in use at www.dchomefinder.com (and possibly elsewhere) that allows on-the-fly home searches in the DC area. It's pretty cool. Of course there's always Craigslist.

Posted by: Chris Martin at May 4, 2005 3:55 PM

Great news, Chuck. Congratulations!

Posted by: Ralph Luker at May 4, 2005 5:14 PM

Ooh, Takoma Park would be great, too!

And it's only two stops north of the CUA stop.

Here's a Metro map.

I believe Geoffrey lives in Takoma Park.

Posted by: GZombie at May 4, 2005 6:35 PM

Congrats Chuck, and welcome to the neighborhood! That's exciting news (sorry, we're tuning in a little late). Lisa Gitelman at CUA is a pretty good friend.

We're in Silver Spring. Feel free to write for info on the area, to let us know when you'll be in town, etc.

Posted by: Matt K. at May 4, 2005 8:02 PM

Great news, Chuck! I remember from my first officemate how harrowing that third-year Brittain fellowship can be. I'm so glad this worked out!

Posted by: JBJ [TypeKey Profile Page] at May 4, 2005 8:10 PM

Congratulations, Chuck! We'd love to show you around downtown Silver Spring once you've arrived (at the very least, a movie at the AFI Silver is in order . . . )

Posted by: kari at May 4, 2005 8:14 PM

Congratulations! Media Studies, cool. Guess I won't see you next time I come to Atlanta, then...oh well. Maybe we can hang out at MLA?

Posted by: Clancy at May 4, 2005 10:12 PM

Best wishes and congrats!

Posted by: Caleb at May 5, 2005 7:28 AM

Thanks all for the additional moving tips and congratulations....

Matt & Kari, I definitely want to check out the AFI theater (in fact, I still vividly remember Matt's entry on it). Matt, I actually had a brief opportunity to talk with Lisa about the "Reading at Risk" panel to which you both contributed. Nice to know that I'll have some cool colleagues.

JBJ, yes, being a third-year Britt has been "harrowing," but fortunately a good job (in a good city) did come along.

Clancy, I'll be in Atlanta until the end of June at least. If you're in town, be sure to let me know. Otherwise, I'll definitely be at MLA presenting and (hopefully) interviewing.

Posted by: Chuck [TypeKey Profile Page] at May 5, 2005 1:38 PM

congratulations! i'm from silver spring, so when i come home to visit the parents perhaps we can meet.

Posted by: cynthia at May 5, 2005 2:57 PM

Cynthia, that would be great.

Posted by: Chuck [TypeKey Profile Page] at May 5, 2005 4:48 PM

Great! I will certainly be spending quite a bit of time there this month, so I hope we can all hang out. How about going to some of your favorite places in Atlanta?

Posted by: Clancy at May 7, 2005 10:15 AM

I've been trying to put together a mental list of places I'd like to revisit before I move. Of course, since my family lives here in town, I'll be back often, so it doesn't feel like a total good-bye.

Posted by: Chuck [TypeKey Profile Page] at May 7, 2005 12:39 PM

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