Unexpected

Sep. 11th, 2012 06:52 am
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I've been meaning to update for a while. My job at For Profit of which I may Speak No Evil (per our severance agreement) ended in August. I decided to apply to grad schools for 2013, and I have been studying for the GRE general and subject tests. I decided to take a couple of rhetoric/ composition classes at the local University to give me some grounding in the discipline and recent writing samples. I have loved being back in school, though even with homework, I had a lot of time on my hands during the day.

And then I got an email this weekend from the Community College I did not get the job from in May. Seems the dept chair spotted my resume in their adjunct pool and wanted to see if I would be interested in teaching just one class for them, starting Oct 10. I, of course, said yes.

Then today, after a couple of emails back and forth hammering out logistics, the dept chair asked me to give her a call.

Seems they just had a resignation and need to fill a full time position fairly immediately. Since I was so strong a candidate before that they wanted to hire us both, the Provost suggested seeing if I would still be interested in teaching for them full time.

*shock*

It's not a done deal yet, but it looks promising. Ironically, the past month of independent and classroom study have given me so many new ideas for how to be a better teacher. They're actually going to get a way better Comp and Lit teacher now than they would have had they hired me last May. Painful at the time, but it's worked out better for everyone, I think.

And I can't sleep. Feel all achy and meh. Hope I'm not coming down with something.

And-- Sarah Rees Brennan's new book comes out today: Unspoken. If it's as good as her other stuff, it should be well worth a read.

And-- my eldest son is starting at the same community college I may be joining, on Oct. 10th. He's taking basic English, having missed the cutoff on the Compass test by one point. But I am very proud of him, and all the kids in fact are doing very well. I saw the youngest two on their respective 15th and 13th birthdays this past month and a half.

Greetings and good wishes to all.
hobgoblinn: (Default)
Kind of dropped off the face of the earth in mid-April. It was not because my script for script frenzy took off-- that also dropped mid month. No, I found out from a friend that there was a full time English Instructor position at Gateway, the local community college. I applied, got an interview with the selection committee and despite a very painful 20 minute teaching segment, I now have in hand an invitation to interview with the President of the College and Vice Provost next week.

I've never been nervous in interviews-- not debilitatingly so, anyway. But I've never had one that mattered quite this much before, either. And while I am a damn good teacher, I realize I know almost nothing of Academia, having been out of those circles, that conversation, pretty much all my adult life. I've dabbled the past couple of years, but I've been far too busy surviving increasingly grueling teaching schedules at this For Profit nightmare I work for now.

Cut for more wittering )

I know many of you on my f-list are academics or have worked in this world-- could you share some questions you've been asked in these types of interviews, or your experience on what I should work on this week to get ready for this?

Any advice or questions or both would be much appreciated.
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