It’s (Mostly) Official

As many of you may know from private conversations with me (and may have guessed from my veiled references to moving away from the District), I have accepted a tenure track position in the Department of English and Foreign Languages at Fayetteville State University in Fayetteville, NC. Because I’m superstitious, I had been waiting for my contract to arrive before mentioing this news publicly, but I’ve been assured that the contract is on its way.

The idea of moving is still relatively vague, and so far my only sense of Fayetteville comes from my whirlwind tour through the town during my campus visit and reading the online version of the Fayetteville newspaper, which usefully has a number of community blogs that give some sense of what the area is like. I’ll certainly have more to say about the move in the days ahead, but I’m still unwinding from a very busy school year and job search.


  1. Nels Said,

    May 9, 2006 @ 1:12 pm

    Congrats, congrats!

  2. badger Said,

    May 9, 2006 @ 1:33 pm


  3. JBJ Said,

    May 9, 2006 @ 1:55 pm

    Such great news, Chuck!

  4. A. Horbal Said,

    May 9, 2006 @ 1:56 pm

    I too congratulate you!

  5. New Kid on the Hallway Said,

    May 9, 2006 @ 2:15 pm

    Hey, congrats! Good luck with the move!

  6. Caleb Said,

    May 9, 2006 @ 2:46 pm

    Congrats, Chuck. I’ve never been to Fayetteville, but I have often driven through North Carolina and found the landscape exceptionally beautiful down there. Kudos on the position!

  7. collin Said,

    May 9, 2006 @ 3:00 pm

    Congratulations, Chuck!

  8. JM Said,

    May 9, 2006 @ 3:06 pm


  9. Chris Said,

    May 9, 2006 @ 4:43 pm

    adding mine to the list: congrats. when do you move?

  10. Chuck Said,

    May 9, 2006 @ 7:59 pm

    Thanks, everyone. Caleb, I haven’t spent a lot of time in Fayetteville, but I do have a lot of family members who live in the Charlotte area (and a somewhat distant family connection to New Bern), so I know NC well. Parts of it are quite pretty.

    Chris, I’m planning to move at the end of June but will be looking for apartments at the end of May. I’d like to take some advantage of DC while I still have some time.

  11. girish Said,

    May 10, 2006 @ 12:29 am

    Huge congrats, Chuck. Awesome news.

    I have to tell you this: when I applied to PhD programs from India, I got assistantship offers from two: University at Buffalo (where I ended up going) and Fayetteville. I called and spoke to faculty at both institutions before I made my decision. I barely understood the (perfumed Southern) accent of the person at Fayetteville–I had never spoken to an American before, let alone a Southerner–and one of the reasons I went to Buffalo was because I wanted to go where I could understand/speak the language. 🙂 To my unfamiliar ears, they sounded worlds apart…

    Best wishes with the new position…

  12. Scott Eric Kaufman Said,

    May 10, 2006 @ 1:15 am

    Need I even say it? Of course I needn’t! Congrats on attaining what we all seek but mostly won’t attain. You deserve it as much as anyone I’ve encountered hereabouts. (That sounds like an insult, but I mean it as a compliment.)

  13. david silver Said,

    May 10, 2006 @ 3:01 am

    AWESOME Chuck! i took a look at some of the videos on the campus home page and it looks like a great university and a really engaged environment. great news!

  14. Chuck Said,

    May 10, 2006 @ 12:00 pm

    Girish, that’s a great story, and in a sense they probably are worlda apart.

    Scott, I understood that as a compliment, but based on the engaged, interesting writing that I encounter around here, I think most bloggers will be fine, Ivan Tribble to the contrary.

    David, I got that impression while on my campus visit and hoping that my first impressions (and yours) prove true.

  15. Michael Said,

    May 10, 2006 @ 12:30 pm

    Congratulation, Chuck, on getting a tenure-track spot at Fayetteville. That’s good news.

  16. KF Said,

    May 10, 2006 @ 2:29 pm

    A bit belated here, but huge congratulations, Chuck! Sending you all best wishes for an easy move, a happy settling-in, and a fantastic new job.

  17. Chuck Said,

    May 10, 2006 @ 3:08 pm

    KF, wow, an easy move. That would be nice. This will be the seventh time I’ve moved since 1995, with five of those moves crossing state lines. I’ve reached the point that I don’t even bother to unpack some of my book boxes anymore.

  18. George Said,

    May 10, 2006 @ 6:09 pm

    Rock-n-roll, Chuck! I’m just glad you’ll be within a 3- or 4-hour drive of me.

  19. CM Said,

    May 10, 2006 @ 6:22 pm


  20. Darren Said,

    May 11, 2006 @ 8:28 am

    Congrats, Chuck! I’ve been tempted to write you more than once over the past few weeks, but I figured you’d post your news (or lack thereof) once you felt comfortable to do so. I’m really excited for you and wish you the best of luck.

  21. Chuck Said,

    May 11, 2006 @ 9:57 am

    George, yes, looking forward to being in the same part of the country.

    Darren, I probably could have mentioned the news sooner but thought it migt be best to wait until I had the contract in my hand.

  22. Jason Said,

    May 11, 2006 @ 1:15 pm

    Chuck – congratulations, although the DC herders will miss you, of course. I hope we can get together a few times before you leave.

  23. Chuck Said,

    May 11, 2006 @ 1:28 pm

    Jason, I’d like that. As I mentioned, I’ll be around unil the end of June, so there’s some time left, although I never seem to have enough time.

  24. Laura Said,

    May 15, 2006 @ 7:37 am

    I’m terribly late to the party Chuck, but this is THE BEST NEWS! Congratulations. I must say they made a very very good choice those NC hirers.

  25. Chuck Said,

    May 15, 2006 @ 3:42 pm

    Thanks, Laura! It’s nice to be on the tenure track, even if I’m currently preoccupied with moving.

  26. Scrivener Said,

    June 1, 2006 @ 8:23 am

    Oh, man, if Laura’s terribly late, then what am I? Sorry to be so behind the curve, but very happy to hear your news nonetheless. Congratulations!!!1!!

  27. Chuck Said,

    June 1, 2006 @ 10:49 am

    Hey, Scrivener, thanks for the congrats.

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