Promoted to full professor

At least in North America, professors are usually first hired at the rank of assistant professor. Your salary is poor and you have little job security. Once you get tenure, you become associate professor. However, if you can convince a set of your peers—including professors from other universities—that you have done an exceptional job as a professor, you may get promoted to the rank of full professor. The salary is better. As you grow older, the salary difference becomes large.

As of yesterday, my promotion to the rank of full professor has been officially approved. 

As my students will tell you, I am not always good at explaining strange concepts. Some weeks ago, I called my mother:

  • (me) I am promoted!
  • (my mother) to what?
  • (me) … as a professor
  • (my mother) <silence>
  • (me) I am promoted to the rank of full professor.
  • (my mother) <silence>
  • (me) Ok. I will keep the same job, I will just make a lot more money.
  • (my mother) Ah! Ok. Good.

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Daniel Lemire

A computer science professor at the University of Quebec (TELUQ).

25 thoughts on “Promoted to full professor”

  1. @Christan There is nothing next. That’s the whole point! You either change job (leave your professorship), retire or die.

    I can finally stop showering in the morning. Good bye my tooth brush. And I no longer need to make sense (not that I ever did). I’ll also never get another hair cut. Within five years, I’ll look like a smelly bear. I’ll be extremely rude to everyone, and lazy as a mushroom.

    (I am kidding, of course. I will still shower in the morning.)

  2. Hi Professor Daniel Lemire, Congratulations to you and your mum. She must be very proud of you – so happy that she couldn’t express them in words – and that you are so rich now. Your sense of humour just shine. I love Maths too…promotion + love from your mum and your family = happiness. Does it sound right? Wonderful to hear such happy news from you.

  3. Congratulations indeed!

    So now you can finally start a career as a full time blogger 🙂

    (…kidding of course)

  4. Hé, hé, hé…
    Now, HOW will you justify any kind of effort?
    Still, don’t forget to “save the world” I guess your wife will appreciate 🙂

  5. Congratulations!

    “I’ll also never get another hair cut. Within five years, I’ll look like a smelly bear. I’ll be extremely rude to everyone, and lazy as a mushroom.”

    Ah, the flashbacks to my undergrad years! That describes about 50% of my old CS profs.

  6. Congratulations, I think it is exciting to see when the full academic career path works out for someone!

    Especially since now you can pursue new that might be risky or uncertain but you have nothing to lose 🙂

    Awesome job!

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