Tenure tracked

I’m happy to announce that I have been offered and have accepted a full-time, tenure-track position in the English Department at Pellissippi State Community College in Knoxville, Tennessee.

I contend that community colleges are where the action is, and the numbers seem to bear this assumption out. According to U.S. News & World Report, “the number of students enrolled in America’s 1,200 community colleges has skyrocketed. In 2000, about 5.5 million degree-seeking students attended two-year colleges. In the 2010-2011 school year, that number jumped to more than 8 million.”

Blogger and reporter Kay Steiger writes that “Not only are community colleges increasingly a top choice among upper middle class students, they may actually be the key to leveraging Americans into the future. A report by Georgetown University’s Center on Education and the workforce estimates (PDF) that some 30 million new and replacement jobs will require some college or better by 2018.”

I’m thrilled and excited to become a permanent member of Pellissippi’s faculty and to join in the ranks of full-time community college professors who are helping Americans complete their educations.

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