Two Questions ... and Other Stuff
Ok, first question: among the other medievalist types out there, are Cranky Professor
(I think), and I the only Ancient/Medieval types? I mean, not that anyone is really a "type" -- most of us have to be generalists anyway, unless we teach at R1s. But sometimes I feel like there aren't so many bloggers who come at things from the early side. Just wondering.
Second question -- a favor: Will you all please send many vibes towards a job offer at small midwest LA college? Oh my goodness. Grueling interview/demo day -- about 10 hours, 25 faculty, 8 students. I loved it. Talk about a place where someone who loves teaching could be happy. I could happily move the 2000 or whatever miles without reservations and no connections and love every minute of it. I'm working on the thank you note now. I realized when I got back to the hotel room that I had perhaps not articulated things as well as I could have (duh) and need to reassert some things. At this point, I realize it's mostly about how well the candidate will fit in, so I'm just hoping they think they could work with me better than the others. Just an awesome place. Fantastic people. And the students -- if the ones I met were representative ... smart, articulate, mostly non-traditional, and just so clearly comfortable with ideas of gender and power and questioning things. Can you tell I am in love? I just have to keep reminding myself I have a 25% chance of getting this job (numerically) and must not get my hopes up too much. And still write a kick-ass letter.
Of course, I have campus interview number 3 this week. Also all day. I actually know two of the other people being interviewed by reputation. It looks like they're only interviewing local types, and the grapevine's pretty good. But it also shows that they are casting an amazingly wide net. One's an Americanist, and the other has been adjuncting not very successfully for several years. So I'm very blase about what comes out of the interviews. I'll do my best and hope for an offer, but Ireally have no idea what they want. If I don't get an offer for the job I just interviewed for, I'll be a sad ADM.
Otherwise, the new prep is still kicking my butt, I've got meetings coming out of my ears this week, and a realtor coming to look at the house today. And some rat bastards stole our lawnmower sometime last week. SO
not happy about that. Must check the sheds and see if anything else has been stolen and file a police report. Taxes are ready to go -- need to call the accountant and pick them up. Hoping we owe nothing. Really hoping for a refund.
Then, it's on to the further chronicles of ADM: revival of a career. The story of how an academic who let the integral part of herself that is being an academic take second place dragged herself back, kicking and screaming, into a respectable niche. Fame and fortune surely to follow. Although I'll settle for tenure, a good crop of well-educated students, and a little respect.