One of the things I have periodically tried to do on this blog over the past few years is share my honest perspectives on different affairs within academia (see e.g., here and here). I always appreciate when others in our field open up and provide authentic and candid “inside views” of what’s going on in their private worlds. In a very honest post from yesterday, Adam Kotsko did just that. He shared his frustration at the state of hiring in academia and also at how little equity there often is. Those of us who work in academia realize that it isn’t a meritocracy; those of us who have been on the receiving end of rejection after rejection will certainly appreciate his post. Give it a read.
Though I failed to mention it here, I announced last week on social media that I am moving from eastern North Carolina to Chicago this summer. I have spent the past six years as a full-time professor in the Department of Religion at Mount Olive College (now University of Mount Olive). Beginning in the fall, I will be serving as Associate Professor of New Testament in the Department of Theology at Loyola University Chicago. We are incredibly thankful for our six years in Mount Olive. I have learned a great deal from my colleagues and students. I have also been privileged to work with a number of very gifted students who have gone on to bigger and better things after leaving the college. As you can imagine, I am thrilled about the opportunities ahead. Chicago here we come!