>OK, not a rock star, but close enough in the academic world. I’ll explain best I can without revealing identities
So the final outside letter for my tenure finally came in — too late for the department personnel committee, but in time for the chair to mention it in her letter, and for all the subsequent levels up the hierarchy. Anyway, it’s from someone in my immediate specialty and it’s someone I was a little afraid of because I thought she wouldn’t like my work because she’s all fancy-pants theoretical and I’m knock-off pants theoretical at best. So I actually didn’t put her on my list of potential reviewers. But my senior colleague did, and she ended up being one of the people solicited, and since her letter was late in arriving I was especially worried about it.
Well…It. Totally. Rocks!!!!! (Yes, I got to see it. As you may recall, we’re a public university in an open-records state. When my chair said it was “absolutely glowing” I just had to read it!) OMG, she likes me, she really likes me! And get this: lo these many years ago, I was an admitted, prospective graduate student visiting Rock Star’s campus and department, back when she was still an assistant professor, I think, and in the letter she makes it clear she *remembered* me. And she mentioned that she knew my work from my articles even before the book! It’s like she’s been following my career or something. How awesome is that?!
I think I may faint, and this time it’s not from whatever’s in my head causing my dizzy spells! This is definitely something for the “love file”! Woo-hoo!