So, yesterday, I (Don III) just concluded a lengthy process that began last December of trying to secure a job as a computer science professor. The process is a lot like applying for undergraduate schools: First you put together an application package with essays, and a resume/C.V.. Then the schools pick a subset of those people to interview. Then they pick a subset of those people to make offers to. Then there is a negotiation phase.
Well, I applied to 18 schools. 17 on the east coast and one on the west coast. I got two interviews at the University of Maryland and the University of California at Irvine. (I also interviewed at Microsoft Research but that’s not a school). Then I got an offer at UCI. Then last week I negotiated the salary. Yesterday I accepted a position as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Informatics!
Informatics is a new trend in the world of computer science. It’s a little different than pure computer science in that they describe themselves as “people + computers” rather than just “computers” and it fits perfectly with what I love about computer science. As a result they study things like Human-Computer Interaction, Software Engineering Practices, and Ubiquitous Computing.
Anyway, it was a gut wrenching process where you are publicly evaluated by lots of people and you get your ego run through the wash a number of times. I am extremely happy at how it ended up though and I am very grateful for the way God paved the way for me to get this position. There are lots of great things about living in Irvine, for example, it’s about 10 minutes from DisneyLand (between L.A. and San Diego)! Also the mascot is an anteater – that’s cool.