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Rant [Feb. 27th, 2007|07:12 pm]
Academics On or Near the Tenure Track

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[lollardfish]
I am so deeply unprepared for classes tomorrow.

I'm not sure I've ever been less prepared. I do not have a class prepared on the Viking conversion to Christianity, the formation of the Kingdom of Norway, nor the Danish empire (8:30 AM).

I do not have a class prepared on Nestorian Christianity and other heretics on the Silk Road (9:40 A.M.).

I do not have a class prepared on 1453, but I can do that one in my sleep, and it's not until 2:20 so I've plenty of time.

I am unprepared because I have a 6-week old baby (with Down's Syndrome, but he's fantastically healthy so it's really just the usual parenting madness of adapting to life with baby). I am unprepared because I have been in various places the last two Sunday-Mondays with on-campus interviews, trying to get to a place where I might be able to chase tenure with a little better idea of the goal (i.e. having a tenure-track job). I am deeply ambivalent about one of the jobs, though I'd take it, and excited about the other one, so I am feeling pessimistic about being offered it. Both are teaching colleges and I'm really not sure why I am not competative at research universities (other than having just finished in September, so less publications). I wonder if I am not selling my dissertation highly enough as groundbreaking, pathfinding, and important. It actually is pretty new stuff that I discovered, maybe I need to sell it harder in my letter. I suppose that next year I'll have a second article and be close to a book contract, maybe, so that'll make a huge difference. I am very distressed about having to leave my current institution - I'm visiting, I have a second year, I believe the person I am replacing will not return, they want me, but I have to take a tenure-track position if offered one.

I shall rise at 5:00 tomorrow and prepare for class. Gonna go eat some lamb.
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[User Picture]From: kataplexis
2007-02-28 02:20 am (UTC)
I suppose that next year I'll have a second article and be close to a book contract, maybe, so that'll make a huge difference. I am very distressed about having to leave my current institution - I'm visiting, I have a second year, I believe the person I am replacing will not return, they want me, but I have to take a tenure-track position if offered one.

Lord this sound s way too familiar. I have been doing this for 3 years now. Ad each year I have come close to getting the TT and didn't and then had to take another year visiting. I even had a TT and it didn't make it all better. I really hate the job market. Hate it.
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[User Picture]From: kataplexis
2007-02-28 02:22 am (UTC)
Oh, and I also have a child. Gave birth to her smack-dab in the middle of last fall semester. Boy those 3 weeks of maternity leave were fun. And the 2 campus interviews and the conferences and trying to finish articles. I totally feel your pain.
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From: neogrammarian
2007-02-28 03:45 am (UTC)
I have a flashy ppt lecture about the Anglo-Saxon poem "Dream of the Rood" that I used for teaching-demos (so it includes the text of the poem to be read in "class") in which I discuss DoR as a way of "selling" xianity to the stern A-S- & they were pacifists compared to the Vikings. Lemme know if you need it- I can wrap it up w/Wulfstan's Sermo Lupi ad Anglos (Cnut left him in a position of power when he took over England during that short-lived Danish Empire and the Sermo recounts the difficulties of the A-S during that time.)

Sources "from the other side" as it were, but if they'd help, gimme a holler tonight & I'll get them to you asap.
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[User Picture]From: lollardfish
2007-02-28 04:38 am (UTC)
I'll be ok. Going to bed now and will make it work. Although I'd love to see that material sometime.
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From: neogrammarian
2007-02-28 05:02 am (UTC)
Happy sleeping. & yeah, you will make it work. B/c you're awesome. : )
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[User Picture]From: lollardfish
2007-02-28 12:05 pm (UTC)
I've never read the Dream of the Rood. This needs to be corrected. I've also never read Wulfstan's Sermo, also needing correction. My first few years I was a wierd kind of English medievalist, in that I wasn't really interested in pre-Norman England, but the Mediterranean. Amazing how I became a Mediterraneanist when our former illustrious advisor was away.
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From: neogrammarian
2007-02-28 02:52 pm (UTC)
Eh. No worries- this is all stuff I've picked up as I had to teach it, anyway. Sermo. (Translation button on the left). This is a DoR for now, although there used to be a much cooler site up that included transcriptions of the text on the Ruthwell Cross, etc. Sadly, it's been down for a while now.
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[User Picture]From: dracsmith
2007-03-09 03:34 am (UTC)
Chiming in a little late just to make supportive noises. Do keep us posted on how things go!
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