I got a teaching job. In January, I'll be a full-time Computer Science professor. Or when the paperwork goes through and makes it official. I'm psyched.
In the PhD program, if there's one thing they repeat ad nauseam, it's that you should never, ever take on a full time job before graduation. Then, I guess you get comfortable, lose momentum, and ultimately drop out, joining the hoardes of ABD's who never pull it together and finish their dissertation. (God knows that PhD candidates shouldn't be allowed to relax.) It's a real issue, and my references, who are also on my dissertation committee, made that point pretty clear to my future Department Chair. But he hired me anyways, and is giving me a lighter teaching load my first year to help me finish-- I have just one new course to prepare, and the rest are courses I've already done as an adjunct.
Despite the number of colleges in and around Albany (the Capital District), the world of academia is even smaller- I think everyone knows everyone here. If that isn't a Social Network Analysis paper waiting to happen, I don't know what is.
I hope I can have a coffeemaker in my new office.