I tried to keep the last few days focused on the outline, then, but whether it was laundry, having to set up applications for a conference later in the year, do the reading for Mickey's Luther class and work on the quiz for the students, or Professor Barnes asking the posse to come out tonight to the Historical Theology Dissertation series and then to dinner to talk with a dissertating student some years ahead of us, things keep coming up. I'm getting a much better sense of my project, but it's going slowly. They have a standard five-chapter form that they want, but I'm working on eight chapters at the moment. I figure that I can go in with a bit more to Professor Fahey, and show some options for mixing-and-matching topics that way, and thus get his feedback on the best dissertation possibility rather than just having one idea to which he could say "yay" or "nay."
I also found out today that the Graduate Teaching Fellowship means that I'll be teaching the Introduction to Theology course, as I suspected, and that I'll be teaching two sections each semester, which is what I feared. I am grateful, beyond words, for the funding, but I know that that will likely be an awful lot of work with which to try to juggle writing the dissertation. On the flipside, maybe having so much teaching experience already will help me in this regard. I've taught a lot of the material before, I just will have to be specifically crafting my lessons for a freshman, collegiate audience. I'm just not sure how long the lesson-planning process might be aided by my experience. I did try to throw my hat in for afternoon courses: there are open slots for 8am, and I gather that I'll get the dregs after the faculty have picked their preferred time slots! And with that, I think I'm more-or-less "caught up" enough to satisfy myself. Somehow I've managed to take maybe half an hour "off" today and still much less has gotten done that I could have hoped. I probably shouldn't even be noting this stuff down, but I've pretty much hit "too fried to make sense academically," but "too wired to sleep." simeonjawn, I got your note and I'll get to those good questions, but it'll be a few days, I think. aristotle2002 is swinging by on Wednesday, so I have some hosting to add to the crazy mix of fun. Or, at least, I think all this adds up to "fun!"