Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Good News, Good News!

As many of you know, I've been job searching over the past six to eight months. Because I'm not finishing my dissertation until December, I limited my search to the "perfect" job (which of course must be in Georgia because I am certainly staying near my family). In fact, you may recall in March, I turned down an offer at a great place, and I haven't talked much about the search since then.

Well, I have good news...make that great news.

This morning I accepted an offer as an assistant professor at North Georgia College and State University. I had my first interview (via the phone) three weeks ago (while I was at the beach). Last week, I followed up with an on-campus visit and a teaching demonstration. Although I loved the faculty and felt like it was a great fit, I was nervous about not finishing my dissertation because of the new responsibilities. Well, wouldn't you know...they sensed my anxieties.

Yesterday, I received a phone call asking if I would be more interested in working part-time during the fall (until I finish my dissertation) and come on board full-time in January.

I'm blown away how everything has fallen into place.

The pictures I included are all of the campus. North Georgia is in Dahlonega (about an hour) from my house. The area and campus are gorgeous. The town is adorable, even with a downtown square in walking distance from the university.

Three of my favorite aspects of the job are...(1) the faculty that is so supportive and interested in working together for the benefit of the students, (2) the program is a dual-certification program (so, I'll get to help general education teachers prepare for the diversity that exists within classrooms in the 21st century)...and (2) the university has an ENORMOUS study-abroad program!

I'm so if you can't tell. I will know more in the coming weeks (like what classes I'll teach in the fall), but until then...there is one heck of a celebration going on in Marietta!
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  1. Wow! I love that a "good opportunity" had to be turned down for you to have a "GREAT opportunity"! Congrats, Professor Barnes :) I can't wait to hear all about it!

  2. Big Congrats! Sounds like a great opportunity.

  3. That's so awesome, (almost) Dr. Barnes!

  4. yeeehaw! that's soooo fantastic, alyssa! hooray for things to fall in place for you. the students are going to love having you as a professor!

  5. Professor Barnes.. I am so proud of you and for you! You have worked extremely hard and you deserve it.

  6. Yay! I am so excited for you:) Congrats!!

  7. I a subscribed to your newsfeed, and have never commented on your blog before, but this is the perfect occasion to do so for the first time.

    Congratulations! A good job is one of the cornerstones of a happy life.

  8. Congratulations!! Wish you could have come to KSU!

    N.GA has such a beautiful campus.


  9. AWESOME! I am so excited for you Alyssa. This sounds great and it isn't far from me (in Cumming).

    Amy Fenton Lee