I just received the official letter that I have been promoted from the rank of associate professor to professor. For those who may not be aware of these aspects of academia, or live in a country where the ranks have different titles, in the United States the system is as follows. The tenure track usually involves being at the rank of assistant professor up until one applies for promotion and tenure in one’s sixth year. The next rank is associate professor. From there, one can be promoted after another six years to the rank of professor. It is a recognition that one has continued to develop one’s teaching, scholarship, and service both within and beyond the university.
I’d like to thank blog readers for lots of encouragement and support over these past years, as I’ve floated ideas and blogged about research and teaching. Or perhaps I should say thank you for at least not distracting me too much from other things that I really needed to do.