I can finally publicly tell my news: I have a new job. I am going to be a college teacher, an associate professor of communications at Aurora University, which is in Aurora, a suburb of Chicago. I will be teaching writing and journalism (among other things) primarily to adult students in evening classes. I will be an associate professor, not an adjunct, although not on the tenure track. It's really cool how AU has these clinical track professors who are expected to stay active in their field (journalism, for me) but still are full-time professors with all the other perks except for tenure. I am so excited--and nervous, too, since this is a new field for me. But everyone there seems so nice and eager to help me succeed. I am so grateful to my brother-in-law, who is the provost there, for suggesting this as a possible new career path for me.
But this means I am leaving U.S. Catholic, where I have been an editor for almost eight years. I love this magazine and think it's the best Catholic publication out there. I have the utmost respect for the other editors I have worked with and for the Claretians, the religious order that sponsors it. And I am proud of the work I've done there, especially in the last several years as managing editor. But ultimately the corporate culture in our larger organization has changed in such a way that isn't that great of a fit for my personality. And I will need a job with more flexibility for when Sam and Sophie come along. My hope is that my new job as a professor will allow me the opportunity to do some writing for the magazine, so I won't really be completely gone. I gave my notice today, so my last day will be February 15. So I'm going to be busy wrapping things up and getting ready for my first class, which starts in March. Academia, here I come!