Some members of Carl's department at the University asked him to go up for tenure a year early. It doesn't hurt to try. So, for the past several months, he's been going through all the stuff that entails. Paperwork, reviews, more paperwork, waiting, etc....
It's been a little stressful.
Carl told me this morning that it's a done deal. He got it (effective August 16th). I can't help but feel super blessed at a time when so many others struggle with job security. He found out on the same day that UNL announced $3.6 million in cuts. I asked Carl if this could ever happen to him. He said the only way he could lose his job is if he royally screws up or they get rid of his whole department (which, for Mechanical Engineering is very unlikely).
Good thing I love it here.