Tuesday, October 28, 2008

That's "Associate Professor" To You

For the past few weeks there was a glitch in my Blogger FTP settings, which prevented me from putting up new posts here (though I have still been putting things up at Sepia Mutiny on occasion). I finally fixed the problem this afternoon, which means I can start posting a bit again.

One nice announcement -- I was formally granted tenure at Lehigh this year, ending the long uncertainty that every academic has to deal with.

How does it feel? Well, it feels good, though there is suddenly more administrative work and committee work to deal with.

The idea of tenure is, you're supposed to use the academic freedom you've earned to do serious and original research without worrying about your job prospects. You can spend ten years researching a monumental project, if you want. Or, you can go off and write a novel instead of doing criticism. You can become a hard core academic blogger, bypassing traditional publishing venues. You can even, in theory, do nothing at all, though that would be a waste.

In my case, I am in the middle of a short book-length project on Mira Nair that I am supposed to finish in the next few months. I am also nearly done with at least three separate articles, on 1) Tagore's Travel Writing, 2) Sa'adat Hasan Manto, and 3) a revised version of the "Secular Sikh Writers" essay I mentioned back in April. I'm also still sitting on an only partially revised essay on G.V. Desani, which was actually written nearly two years ago.

So -- a lot to get done before I "go off and write my novel."



Blogger SEK said...

Congrats! (And whenever you do write that novel, well, have your publisher send me a copy.)

2:19 PM  
Blogger Kimberly said...

Congrats, Deep! It's a well-deserved promotion, and with a lot of the old guard in the English department retiring in recent years, it's nice to know there will still be at least one friendly face around when I come back to visit.

I'm also interested in your article on Tagore's travel writing. He's on my list of authors I really want to explore. I'll expect updates in the coming months!

2:32 PM  
Anonymous sarah said...


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Blogger scritic said...


2:43 PM  
Blogger lilalia said...

Glad you are back. Congratulations. Even though I've only been reading your blog for some months now, I did miss your articles.

2:46 PM  
Blogger Roobee said...

Congrats, Amardeep! Looking forward to your article on Manto--I recently taught "Cold Meat" and "Open It."

4:10 PM  
Blogger Manasi said...

congratulations professor! this is certainly an achievement.

My husband is also a PhD (in transportation engg. from Northwestern) and the one main reason he moved away from academics was because not only his 40+ yr old advisor but two other 30+ yr old colleagues (also trained under his advisor) were divorced by their wives because they put in WAY TOO MUCH of themselves into work. Is that so in other non-technical fields too ? if so, that sure is a disturbing trend.

4:41 PM  
Blogger Madhu said...

Congratulations, Amardeep! I can't wait to get to that tenure milestone myself in another year or so...

6:06 PM  
Anonymous Girish Shambu said...

Amardeep -- Great big congratulations!

6:39 PM  
Blogger asarwate said...

Congratulations! Very well deserved!

7:02 PM  
Blogger tamasha said...

Congratulations. As a different kind of educator, I have conflicting feelings on the idea of tenure, but it's definitely an accomplishment. I wish you luck in all your endeavors, including those in the classroom.

7:27 PM  
Blogger ana said...

Congratulations Amardeep! You deserve this (though I can't say the committee and administrative work would be fun)

*insert patakhay flying in air here*

I'd love to read what you write re: Mira Nair.

8:26 PM  
Blogger Falstaff said...


9:12 PM  
Anonymous apu said...

congratulations on the tenure! and good to see you back - i was just beginning to wonder if you've stopped blogging.

11:32 PM  
Anonymous Anil said...

Fabulous, Amardeep - congratulations!!

12:27 AM  
Blogger Pinku said...

congrats!!! official time to stand and stare... wow!!! had I known academics would give me this luxury...would have done my PhD no matter what.

but alas, the time is past.

anyways!! good luck to you on all those projects and most of all your novel.

12:48 AM  
Blogger Mampi said...

Congratulations Amardeep!
Good luck on your projects. I wish I could have some freedom on these issues too. I have traded a stable job to an unstable one-thats one Punjaban going for a risk.
So whenever your work on MNair comes out in book form, I would like to buy an autographed copy.

1:17 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Congratulations Amardeep. ਆਸ ਕਰਦਾ ਹਾਂ ਕਿ ਤੁਸੀਂ ਅੱਗੇ ਵੀ ਇਸੇ ਤਰ੍ਹਾਂ ਤਰੱਕੀਆਂ ਮਾਣੋ।
ਗੁਰਤੇਜ ਸਿੰਘ
ਵੈਲਿੰਗਟਨ ਨਿਊਜ਼ੀਲੈਂਡ

1:05 AM  
OpenID mogadalai said...

Congratulations Amardeep!

3:02 AM  
Anonymous Sharanya said...

Congratulations, Amardeep! :)

7:50 AM  
Anonymous Jill said...

Such great news!

9:53 AM  
Blogger teji said...

Hi Deep,

Big Congratulations. How come your home people are the last to know this?


2:13 AM  
Anonymous Satyajit said...

Hi Amardeep,
I will be waiting eagerly for that book of yours to come out. Saadat Hasan Manto is one topic on which I am totally hooked. I guess few stories have retained their intensity in spite of translation the way Manto's have, and they are so good!
A bit worried about your project on the travel writings on Tagore though, considering your inability to read Bengali, but of course, I won't doubt your efforts on the research or your knowledge. There have been several essays speaking at length on how Tagore's impact is simply lost in translation. And some of his own translations simply do not do any justice to the original. (some essays by Nabaneeta Dev Sen on this topic come to mind, but again, they are in Bengali).

2:24 AM  
Anonymous desiknitter said...

Hearty congratulations, Amardeep! I got tenure a few months ago myself and it is indeed a big relief. I have really enjoyed your blogging (here and at Valve) and I hope you will continue to do this along with the serious stuff.

9:17 PM  
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Anonymous Archana said...

Congrats! I think a book of your poetry is in order...

1:26 PM  

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