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NaBloPoMo 13

14 November, 2006

NaBloPoMo 13 — Administrivia

First, there’s a contest on, people!!. We have one judge so far, Jonathan Dresner at Frog in a Well. Any other volunteers?

In other news, I got a set of papers back today. Some look fine. Others? not so much. And one of them has an opening paragraph that’s loosely paraphrased from an Amazon.com film review. How do I know? Because I’ve been doing this job a long time, and there are just some comparisons that freshmen will never make. Why? Because for one thing, none of them have seen a film made before 1990. *sigh* So, now I get to go talk to my chair and the dean and find out how much I need to document.

In other news, I’ve suddenly gone from trying to adjust and get back to researching to an absolute panic about getting my as-yet-not-accepted-but-maybe K’zoo paper done. Why? I have gone from, “how am I going to get enough service on my resume?” to OMG, I’ve just been appointed to a Big Important Committee, and a second pretty important committee (both university-wide and one very high profile), and oh, yeah, a search committee. And of course, now we’re in the wind down of this term, where I have all kinds of marking, and then I’m gone for at least a week during break, and then all new preps for next term plus two conferences (only one of which I’m presenting at, thank goodness, but if I’m lucky, that’ll be a paper and a roundtable on things pedagogical). How absolutely crazy am I for really keeping my fingers crossed that my K’zoo paper gets accepted?

Yipes. Just, yipes. And kind of “wow. It’s like I’m a real academic like the other kids!”

Good wishes and advice welcomed.

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. 14 November, 2006 3:50 pm

    Heh. Welcome to the jungle. 🙂 Sorry about your plagiarist!

  2. 14 November, 2006 6:51 pm

    I can’t believe you have to be on a search committee the first year. While I think 3 years of probation here is a bit much when they’ve given me over 5 years of seniority (!), it does keep me from being in those potentially alienating positions.

  3. 14 November, 2006 8:14 pm

    Well, the search committee is probably going to be the least alienating of them, I think. I was asked by a senior colleague if I’d be interested, and I think that pretty much everybody on the committee has similar teaching values. It’s the other two that are scary political.

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