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Tuesday, July 18, 2006
Yesterday, while T was interviewing in Quaint Town a few miles north of New Town, ST and I stopped by Smallish Midwestern University and my future department. None of the other faculty members were there; the place was inhabited only by administrative assistants.
Amy, the cheerful assistant for my new department, was happy to see me. "Oh, I was hoping you'd stop in today!" she said, recalling that we were moving in to our new house that weekend. We had a nice chat and I introduced her to ST.
She showed me my office and asked me if I wanted different bookcases, where the new computer and laser printer should be set up, if I wanted blinds back on the windows. Suddenly, a few faces popped in the door. "These are the admins from the departments down the hall," Amy said to me with a smile. To them, she said, "This is our new faculty member, Professor Me."
Professor. I have wanted to be called "Professor" since I was in 11th grade. Sometimes, as a teaching assistant, some of my students would call me Professor but it didn't have the same effect because I knew I wasn't actually a professor. Some of my non-academic friends have called me "Professor" for years because they knew that was my goal, but even then it didn't feel as good as it felt yesterday, when I'd actually earned it.
Later in my visit, I told Amy that I was behind in getting copies made for e-reserves at the library. "Oh, just give the stuff to me," she said with a smile. "I'll do it." I apologized and said that I didn't mean to give her more work. She laughed and said, "You have a Ph.D. so you don't have to make copies. Just let me know what you need done, and I'll do it." How refreshing, and how strange for me! This is the beginning of something entirely new.
Note: I hear your requests from the previous post for pictures of the Ugliest Bathroom in History, and I will post them at some point. I think I'm going to start with pictures of the kitchen/dining/living areas, though, to show you transformation. We're not going to tackle the Ugliest Bathroom in History for a few months because it will be the most expensive to do. Don't worry -- the transformations will be well-documented here, so much so that you'll be sick of them!