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May 9, 2006

It's (Mostly) Official

As many of you may know from private conversations with me (and may have guessed from my veiled references to moving away from the District), I have accepted a tenure track position in the Department of English and Foreign Languages at Fayetteville State University in Fayetteville, NC. Because I'm superstitious, I had been waiting for my contract to arrive before mentioing this news publicly, but I've been assured that the contract is on its way.

The idea of moving is still relatively vague, and so far my only sense of Fayetteville comes from my whirlwind tour through the town during my campus visit and reading the online version of the Fayetteville newspaper, which usefully has a number of community blogs that give some sense of what the area is like. I'll certainly have more to say about the move in the days ahead, but I'm still unwinding from a very busy school year and job search.

Posted by chuck at May 9, 2006 12:29 PM

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Congrats, congrats!

Posted by: Nels at May 9, 2006 1:12 PM


Posted by: badger at May 9, 2006 1:33 PM

Such great news, Chuck!

Posted by: JBJ [TypeKey Profile Page] at May 9, 2006 1:55 PM

I too congratulate you!

Posted by: A. Horbal at May 9, 2006 1:56 PM

Hey, congrats! Good luck with the move!

Posted by: New Kid on the Hallway at May 9, 2006 2:15 PM

Congrats, Chuck. I've never been to Fayetteville, but I have often driven through North Carolina and found the landscape exceptionally beautiful down there. Kudos on the position!

Posted by: Caleb at May 9, 2006 2:46 PM

Congratulations, Chuck!

Posted by: collin at May 9, 2006 3:00 PM


Posted by: JM at May 9, 2006 3:06 PM

adding mine to the list: congrats. when do you move?

Posted by: Chris at May 9, 2006 4:43 PM

Thanks, everyone. Caleb, I haven't spent a lot of time in Fayetteville, but I do have a lot of family members who live in the Charlotte area (and a somewhat distant family connection to New Bern), so I know NC well. Parts of it are quite pretty.

Chris, I'm planning to move at the end of June but will be looking for apartments at the end of May. I'd like to take some advantage of DC while I still have some time.

Posted by: Chuck at May 9, 2006 7:59 PM

Huge congrats, Chuck. Awesome news.

I have to tell you this: when I applied to PhD programs from India, I got assistantship offers from two: University at Buffalo (where I ended up going) and Fayetteville. I called and spoke to faculty at both institutions before I made my decision. I barely understood the (perfumed Southern) accent of the person at Fayetteville--I had never spoken to an American before, let alone a Southerner--and one of the reasons I went to Buffalo was because I wanted to go where I could understand/speak the language. :-) To my unfamiliar ears, they sounded worlds apart...

Best wishes with the new position...

Posted by: girish at May 10, 2006 12:29 AM

Need I even say it? Of course I needn't! Congrats on attaining what we all seek but mostly won't attain. You deserve it as much as anyone I've encountered hereabouts. (That sounds like an insult, but I mean it as a compliment.)

Posted by: Scott Eric Kaufman at May 10, 2006 1:15 AM

AWESOME Chuck! i took a look at some of the videos on the campus home page and it looks like a great university and a really engaged environment. great news!

Posted by: david silver at May 10, 2006 3:01 AM

Girish, that's a great story, and in a sense they probably are worlda apart.

Scott, I understood that as a compliment, but based on the engaged, interesting writing that I encounter around here, I think most bloggers will be fine, Ivan Tribble to the contrary.

David, I got that impression while on my campus visit and hoping that my first impressions (and yours) prove true.

Posted by: Chuck at May 10, 2006 12:00 PM

Congratulation, Chuck, on getting a tenure-track spot at Fayetteville. That's good news.

Posted by: Michael at May 10, 2006 12:30 PM

A bit belated here, but huge congratulations, Chuck! Sending you all best wishes for an easy move, a happy settling-in, and a fantastic new job.

Posted by: KF at May 10, 2006 2:29 PM

KF, wow, an easy move. That would be nice. This will be the seventh time I've moved since 1995, with five of those moves crossing state lines. I've reached the point that I don't even bother to unpack some of my book boxes anymore.

Posted by: Chuck at May 10, 2006 3:08 PM

Rock-n-roll, Chuck! I'm just glad you'll be within a 3- or 4-hour drive of me.

Posted by: George at May 10, 2006 6:09 PM


Posted by: CM at May 10, 2006 6:22 PM

Congrats, Chuck! I've been tempted to write you more than once over the past few weeks, but I figured you'd post your news (or lack thereof) once you felt comfortable to do so. I'm really excited for you and wish you the best of luck.

Posted by: Darren at May 11, 2006 8:28 AM

George, yes, looking forward to being in the same part of the country.

Darren, I probably could have mentioned the news sooner but thought it migt be best to wait until I had the contract in my hand.

Posted by: Chuck at May 11, 2006 9:57 AM

Chuck - congratulations, although the DC herders will miss you, of course. I hope we can get together a few times before you leave.

Posted by: Jason at May 11, 2006 1:15 PM

Jason, I'd like that. As I mentioned, I'll be around unil the end of June, so there's some time left, although I never seem to have enough time.

Posted by: Chuck at May 11, 2006 1:28 PM

I'm terribly late to the party Chuck, but this is THE BEST NEWS! Congratulations. I must say they made a very very good choice those NC hirers.

Posted by: Laura at May 15, 2006 7:37 AM

Thanks, Laura! It's nice to be on the tenure track, even if I'm currently preoccupied with moving.

Posted by: Chuck at May 15, 2006 3:42 PM

Oh, man, if Laura's terribly late, then what am I? Sorry to be so behind the curve, but very happy to hear your news nonetheless. Congratulations!!!1!!

Posted by: Scrivener at June 1, 2006 8:23 AM

Hey, Scrivener, thanks for the congrats.

Posted by: Chuck at June 1, 2006 10:49 AM

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