Yay, Greyscale! This look is still very you, just upgraded a bit. I love it.

Wow, congrats! This outfit is superb -- very pulled-together and current, without sacrificing personality.

Congratulations! Amazing outfit! Wearing all your new professional clothes sounds like a fun challenge.

Congratulations!! that's wonderful.

and the boots...love!

That's a great outfit. I'm inspired by your power outfit, done your way. Congratulations on the position!

Thanks, everyone!

chouette22, I am pretty excited to be staying in the SF area -- my partner is about to go up for tenure here and my social universe here is large and interesting. I'm a tiny bit sad not to be moving back to New England where my family lives, but maybe later in my career.

Teaching is going to be a big transition. The faculty jobs I was looking at mostly have very low teaching requirements in exchange for very high research expectations. My partner only teaches two months per year (and that provides full 9 month salary, for those of you who are in this game)! And that's the sort of job I thought I was preparing for. But I'm going to be in a different department with a slightly higher teaching load - still mainly focused on research, but I'll be teaching every semester. It'll be fun though. (She says, nervously.)

You'll get used to it. And remember, it is also fun having an audience for our style! I put quite a bit of thought into my teaching outfits, no doubt. Several students have remarked on Ratemyprofessor.com that they love my fashion sense!

I am so glad ratemyprofessor finally ditched the ridiculous chili pepper.

Last time I TAed, the evals included a comment about my cool purple shoelaces. That was 15 years ago (yikes) and it's funny to remember that I wore only two pairs of shoes back then: Converse in the summer, Dr Martens in the winter. Not such a bad plan actually.

congrats on the job and the use of fashion to signal and intimidate the competition!

are you tenure track? hopefully, your teaching is explicitly part of your overall evaluation in addition to your academic productivity.

Congratulations! That's wonderful about the job, and I'm glad you don't have to move right now. Fantastic outfit, too.

Bj1111, yup, tenure track! And they do care about teaching in my evaluation, more than my previous department, although research output and grant money are still the main criteria.

So awesome and well deserved.

Congratulations on the faculty position; that’s fabulous! You must be incredibly happy and relieved.
Great outfit, too.

Congratulations on the position! Great reason to wear your more dressy pieces and enjoy them.

Congratulations! Love your boots!

Congratulations Professor Greyscale! So exciting you could stay there. Although your family must feel very far away. I love your new look, so true to you and yet up a notch. Glad the new boots are working out.
What is a TA- is it maybe a teaching assistant? And I don't understand what tenure track and adjunct professors are. Perhaps naively I have always assumed that people I saw who worked in academia as lecturers/senior lecturers/associate professors/professors earned well. My uncle was an Associate Professor when I was growing up and in my twenties in 60s/70s/early 80s and they always had more money than us where Dad was a clerk and Mum a primary school teacher. Still, different country, different time...
And back to fashion, YLF!


That shirt is AMAZING. It's got so much character.

Make a good impression? The offer letter says you’ve already done that. <3 But I agree with you on stepping up your attire to matched your stepped up role. The slits in that shirt, IMO, make it even more of a power outfit, because they show you aren’t cowed in the least.

Congrats on the new position and have a great semester!

Jenni - there's a wide range of careers and salaries for college/university positions, here, and I know some of the titles vary internationally.

* I'll be an assistant professor on the tenure track, meaning that in six years, the university decides if I'll stay permanently. I'm at a large university and in a technical field; these research-focused jobs are very desirable. Unfortunately there are far more qualified candidates than openings (thus the stress of the job search, and the decade I spent in postdoctoral 'training' positions!).

* There are also some positions called lecturer or instructor that are purely teaching but have stable employment and salaries that range from primary school teachers to my own salary. (This is different from the UK system where lecturer is a step on the faculty ladder, not a separate career path like it is here.)

* There is an unfortunate trend in the US of shifting the teaching onto adjunct faculty who are paid badly, usually per-course instead of full-time employment with benefits (health insurance etc). This system takes advantage of a mismatch in supply and demand, especially in the humanities. There are very few permanent faculty jobs in, say, history, and there are a lot of folks with PhDs in history who are hoping that they'll hit the jackpot if they just spend a few more years scraping together a living.

(Yes, TA is teaching assistant.)

Thank you for explaining Greyscale. I hope then that your tenure track is successful. I am sorry to hear of people with PhDs "scraping together a living". After all that work!
You will be a stylish Prof!

I'm a US-trained academic working in Australia, so I can translate: US "Assistant professor" = Aus/NZ "lecturer", although in Australia and New Zealand the probation period (US pre-tenure period) is shorter -- between 1 and 3 years (mostly 3). Here our adjuncts are called "sessional staff" or "casual staff" and the problem is as bad or worse, at least in my area of the arts/humanities :/ The American "teaching assistant" position is equivalent to our "tutor".

Thanks Beck and sorry for highjacking the thread!