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Spring 2011 Update

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I’m happy to report two recent developments:

  • I successfully defended my dissertation!
  • I accepted a tenure-track position at Northeastern Illinois University!

I am officially Shayne Pepper, Ph.D., and my students can now finally call me Dr. Pepper if they wish. The defense was a surprisingly fun experience. Trying to condense the entire dissertation into a twenty-minute presentation actually forced me to rethink what the key takeaways were. It enabled me to have a great conversation with the audience and my committee about the real stakes of the project and how to move forward in the future.

Dissertation Defense (05-02-2011)

Now that I’ve defended, I can begin to focus on the next stage of my career as an assistant professor in the Department of Communication, Media, & Theatre at Northeastern Illinois University. My wife and I will be moving to Chicago this summer, and I will be joining the faculty in the fall. On top of all that, my wife just passed her preliminary exams, and now she is ABD! It’s clearly been a big week for us! As I complete my dissertation, she begins her own. We’ll obviously have a lot of work to do this summer, but I’m sure we’ll find a nice balance of work and relaxation as we enjoy our new apartment and explore the city together.

In the meantime, I am wrapping up the spring semester and my time at NC State. I’ll be done grading final papers and final exams soon, and I will be able to enjoy the end-of-the-semester parties during my last few weeks here. I will miss everyone in the CRDM program, and I will certainly miss Raleigh. It’s been a wonderful four years here, but I can’t wait to begin our new life in Chicago.

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