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Errantry: Novak's Journal
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Personal: Going Nowhere (Especially the University of Durham) – Except to the Library 
9th-Apr-2008 11:40 pm
Eye Rolling: My Arguments w/ John Calvin
Heh. I certainly did not mean to imply in the previous entry that I was actually considering going for the University of Durham position: I was just commenting on how much better the U.K. pay was for a non-tenure, one-year teaching gig than the American version I've foolishly done this year, to the delay of my dissertation. But I thank everyone from England for being so upbeat about the thought of having me being local for a time, and for all the dissertation-writers – and my Mom – for telling me in no uncertain terms to not take such a gig and to get the dissertation done before all other considerations.
10th-Apr-2008 01:00 pm (UTC)
Not all the dissertation writers, *ahem*

Though if it's a question of truly Only Writing the Diss vs. such a gig -- yes, finish the damn thing.

UK treatment of its grad students and faculty is comparatively heinous, it should be said -- and the pay just barely reflects the difference in living costs.

Are you going on the market this fall?
11th-Apr-2008 08:58 am (UTC)
Sleepless night.

Oh, I thought when you chimed in the second time that you were endorsing the "Get it done at all costs" viewpoint.

Yes, God willing, I'm finally really going on the market this fall. The plan is to finish teaching this semester and then to not teach until the thing is done, no matter what the student loan is for the coming school year. I've got a good teaching rep here, and the Assistant Chair immediately offered me classes for the coming semester as these came onto the schedule, but she totally approved of my choice to back off and just get the writing done, too, which was kind of her.
11th-Apr-2008 01:43 pm (UTC)
Well, here's my hierarchy:

best - no teaching, get dissertation done ASAP
good - if teaching, teaching in new interesting place with lighter, better compensated load

You're going on the market if I have to personally drag you kicking and screaming.


I didn't say that.
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