I’m hired! Permanently! Forever! YAY!
S 78/04: TILSETTING I STILLING SOM F?òRSTEAMANUENSIS I HUMANISTISK INFORMATIKK
Vedtak: Arbeidsutvalget tilsetter Jill Walker i utlyst stilling som f??rsteamanuensis i humanistisk informatikk med virkning fra 01.10.2004.
I’ve been teaching here at Humanistic Informatics on temporary contracts for over a year and a half, and it’s been looking very likely I’d be staying for quite some time, but it was only just made official. I don’t have the contract yet, but it’s definitely decided: the minutes of the last meeting in whichever committee decides these things confirms it.
In Norway we don’t do tenure the way Americans do. (Do any other countries? Australia doesn’t, anyway.) University employees have the same rights as any other worker in the country, and it’s illegal to keep the same person in the same job on temporary contracts for longer than – two years, I think? If you want someone to do a job for that long, you have to hire them permanently. I’m glad we don’t have the American system. Sure, the years of uncertainty before tenure is (hopefully) granted may produce more frenetic publication, but I know I work better when I’m less stressed and less anxious.
An added bonus is that in Norway there’s no intermediate step between a nice fresh lecturer like me and a full professor. I suppose that means I’ll have a longer wait till I can go for my next promotion, but it also means that my title right now, f??rsteamanuensis, translates to English as associate professor. Dr Jill Walker, Associate Professor. Has a nice ring to it, don’t you think?
Wow. I could stay here for the rest of my life if I wanted. I think it’s highly unlikely that I will, but I love knowing that I can keep this job at least until my daughter’s grown. That’s, like, a whole decade!