Ok, some explanation about recent events.
Remember the dilemma? Please to review. I’ll wait.
Up to speed? OK. So Big State University is low on enrollment, and since I gave up the temporary, full-time offer they…um, offered, hoping for a permanent, full-time offer at Smaller Private University, they are less than happy with my begging for a few classes. They’ve honored me with one, but mine will be the first to be cut should the student numbers not be there.
SPU, meanwhile, had approved two full-time, long-term positions, which I was hoping for. I mean, only one of them. I wasn’t hoping for both. Jeez. A coworker (and, I believed, friend) who had been at SPU in a full-time, short-term position there said she wasn’t in the running, that her position was still good.
And she lied. To my face, nonetheless. Harumph.
So they gave her one of the full-time, long-term positions, and she knew this, and she kept chatting with me like she was on my side.
But I’m not angry. NO sirree. At least not until this point in the drama…
My boss at SPU calls me into his office. Great candidate, blah blah blah, but the long and the short of it is that they don’t have the numbers to justify a second long-term, full-time position. We can offer you two classes (a quarter of what I had last semester). Have a great break.
But wait! A ray of light shone forth. A university to which I had applied several months ago and interviewed with by phone unexpectedly calls the day after all the SPU unhappiness. They want to offer me a job, they say. Benefits! Tuition remission for a doctorate! Your hubby can study for free! We’ll help you move! Can you come and work with us??
And this is what I imagine that Ohio looks like:
(You can’t see it, but off to the right there’s a buckeye axe murderer waiting to pounce)…
So to undo any strange misconceptions about the state, R and I flew up on Monday. And back down on Monday night. I know, we are such jet-setters. And the people were great, the place was beautiful, the offer is kind.
But it’s freakin’ OHIO.
Granted, it currently looks more like this:
…but come October, see above. And worse.
Not that I don’t like snow. I love it- I’m originally from New York. The kids would love it. They have seasons in Ohio, something we don’t get down south.
So you see my new dilemma.
Thoughts? Has anyone made significant moves like this, without a family/friend base to lean upon? What were some of the benefits? The challenges? Do dish.
And send nice thoughts/prayers our way. Down south.