I write today with the biggest news to date! For the past 3 or 4 weeks I have been in negotiations with both the University of Huddersfield and University of Sheffield (just south of here), and I have been offered positions teaching and conducting at both institutions. The combined position is full-time and pays nearly as much as my Rowan job AND WITH immediate tenure!
In addition, as of 2-weeks ago, Sarah has finally negotiated her way through the Midwifery certification gauntlet here and has secured a job at Huddersfield Royal Infirmary as a midwife and manager of their education services. This gives her a chance to help teach young midwives (classroom and in clinical settings) as well as keep doing what she loves, delivering babies. In addition she has been given privileges at a local family clinic so she can keep practicing normal well-women care several times/month.
Given that both of these situations are a huge development I have written to both the president of Rowan and my college dean asking to be released from my contract.
This is, as you can imagine, a bit of a sticky situation for my teaching at Rowan, as when we are granted sabbatical we are required to return for 2-full years of teaching after the sabbatical is completed. We are trying to come to some sort of agreement.
Further, B&R has agreed to let me join the cornet section permanently (you’ll remember I have been playing 4th Man since the departure of Andrew and Brian) and the folks at the Huddersfield Youth Band have offered to pay me to come on as their cornet coach and assistant director. I’m undecided as to what my relationship with Lindley will be. I can’t imagine working full-time and playing in bands 4-nights a week plus concerts, plus the youth band.
Never in a million years did Sarah and I envision that this would be possible. It is beyond all of our wildest dreams to be able to actually make a life and earn a living here in the UK. The girls on the other hand have very mixed feelings as it means not seeing their friends back home, but with almost a full year already under their belts, they seem to be adjusting to the idea…..and we promised to buy a car.
I know some of you (at least a few of my Rowan colleagues) will be rejoicing that I will not be returning, but I’m sure there are others who will be quite upset about this (including our family back home). I’m so sorry to let you know in this manner but I’m just not up to being able to talk to each of you on the phone at this time. I’m sure I’ll be making calls in the coming weeks.
Much more information will follow. If you have questions please let us know.
P.S. Happy April Fool’s Day (hope this worked!), we miss everyone and look forward to seeing you USA folks soon.
P.P.S. And the Brits really like this day: http://www.boston.com/business/articles/2010/04/01/british_media_revels_in_april_fools_tradition/