Columbia just called; they're offering me a full scholarship plus $15,000 a year to join a brand-new group focusing on games and storytelling. Best of all, that money's a grant - I don't have teaching or research obligations other than working on my dissertation. I have a feeling they really want me. :)
Except for the fact that it's an EdD. instead of a PhD. this sounds pretty damn ideal. I'm going up there later this week to talk to them; I know that Teacher's College does interdisciplinary programs with the main body of Columbia so maybe they'll be willing to pull a few strings for me.
Yay! And did I mention yay?