The past few months have been a roller coaster, and I hate roller coasters. As our Fulbright adventure comes to a close, we have been anxious to figure out where we are going next and to find out whether or not it would be close to home. The process for applying for academic jobs started back when Adina was born. It peaked around January and February, which is why we headed home in January. It is a challenging process, as is job searching in general, and thankfully, we can say that our search is finally over.
This was a tough year for the mathematical, academic job market. Thousands of excellent and qualified candidates were competing for the same jobs. Budgets were more carefully determined this year, so while most jobs were posted at their normal time in the early fall, excellent opportunities continued to post well into May.
While we were hoping for a tenure-track position, which would place us in an area more permanently, Adam also applied for numerous post-doctoral positions and visiting assistant professorships. These types of positions are designed to provide experience for young mathematicians. While these jobs are not permanent, they are amazing opportunities to work with great mathematicians while teaching at great schools.
As the end of April came to a close, Adam was offered an amazing opportunity at Mt. Holyoke College in Massachusetts. It is an excellent school, and it puts us back in West Hartford. Ever since we found out about the position, we could feel the stress about the future melt away. Don’t worry, work stress has replaced anything that was lost 😉
Now that we have shared the news with family, we are ready to share it with our friends. While it was great to tell our parents that we are coming back to the area for the next academic year, the best part was telling my grandmother that we would be so close. She was practically in tears with happiness that we would be coming home to Connecticut. We will miss our friends here greatly, but we need to be with our family, especially my grandmother.
As of tomorrow, we have two months remaining in Israel. It will be a stressful time for sure since we still have plenty of work to do (school isn’t over yet!), and we have to plan yet another move across the planet. However, we want to make the most of our time here. We want to spend time with the friends we have made, explore the land, and just cherish the opportunities we have by being here in Israel.
Certainty is a wonderful thing!
Until next time…