I've been offered a 3-year Lecturer III appointment at a top 10 university in my field. It's an opportunity that fell in my lap, not something I sought, but it's obviously not something I can just pluck from a tree anytime I like. So of course I'm going to take it. I'm trying to decide how to announce that I'm leaving and what to say about it.
I've been a lecturer at a state university for four years, PT since my FT contract ran out last year and not currently scheduled for any new assignments. My colleagues like me and I'm leaving on very good terms. Both my current chairman and my previous chair (who recruited me) insist I should take this.
How would you announce your departure? Or would you leave that up to your chairman? What do you say to students?