Friday, January 13, 2012

The BIG News!

Drum roll, please ...

I am leaving my job as Senior Writer/Editor at Babson College to become an Assistant Professor of English at Salem State University AND Executive Director of the Massachusetts Poetry Festival!!

(… which explains why I haven’t been blogging this week. I'm prepping for classes.)

I’ve been at Babson almost 11 years. It’s not easy to leave this family to start a new one. But when Salem State came calling, they made an offer I couldn’t refuse.

I will be teaching two classes, comp and creative writing. The rest of my time will be spent coordinating all of the poetry festival efforts, from marketing and promotion to fundraising, logistics, and programming. I’m looking forward to getting from behind the desk and in the classroom. And being able to help the festival grow and thrive and become sustainable ... YES!

This is all new territory for me, and for the next few weeks I’ll be working at both institutions until February 1. Classes at Salem State start next week! It will be busy to say the least, but I am more than ready for the challenge. I mean really, this is my dream job. And it doesn’t hurt that Salem State is about six miles from my house. Anyone who knows me knows my commute to Wellesley, MA, is 40 miles, door-to-door, on one of the worst highways in North America. Goodbye long commute!

Too many people to thank for making this happen. You know who you are. Thank you for your continued support.

*Me doing the dance of joy!*

14 comments:

Kells said...

The universe is smiling in your direction! INCREDIBLE news!!! Perfect all around-- not just in what a fantastic job it is, but THE COMMUTE too!

January, I loved reading this! I am so happy for you and thrilled to see your good work & your hard work recognized! A thousand congrats to you!!

CHEERS!! And go and celebrate!

Maureen said...

Congratulations, January. Such a terrific opportunity for you. And what a great way to start your new year.

Best wishes!

Jennifer said...

Congratulations! That sounds so perfect.

January said...

Thanks ladies! I am excited and thrilled. And Kelli, I do think the universe has me in her sights--in a good way.

:)

Karen J. Weyant said...

Big Congrats! This is such great news!

Sandy Longhorn said...

Oh, January, super huge congrats. This all sounds fabulous. Best wishes for your continued success! (Having commuted 25 miles to Wellesley, MA once upon a time myself, I am thrilled that you get to leave this behind!)

mariegauthier said...

Happy Happy Joy Joy! Many congratulations, January -- goodness knows you've earned every bit of it!

Nin Andrews said...

Congratulations!

I envy your students!

Maybe some day I will move to Mass. and be able to join the literary festivities. We keep dreaming of moving in the New England direction . . .

Catherine said...

Congratulations! Especially on dumping the 40 mile commute, that does NOT sound like fun.

jim said...

I'm really so proud of you, thinking what you've been through over the last couple of years, and your steadfastness and joy say a lot about where nice guys can finish (and you are no where near finishing). What happy news! Congratulations and well, well done.

January said...

Thanks everyone for the kind words. I really do appreciate it.

You are my community.

Cindy Veach said...

Congratulations! This is so amazing and deserved. I'm happy happy happy for you!

Susan Rich said...

Thrilling news! It's what's called a win-win-win situation. Can't wait to celebrate with you in person!

Collin Kelley said...

Such great news, Jan! Big congrats! x

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