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Errantry: Novak's Journal
...Words to cast/My feelings into sculpted thoughts/To make some wisdom last
Personal: Taking A Break From Application Stuff 
15th-Sep-2008 06:39 pm
Augustine: Vittore Carpaccio
Time for a break! I've been working all day, one way or another, on things associated with the job application business, all of which seems even more all the pressing having lost the last few days to whatever bug had me in a relative stupor all weekend. I tried writing some things while dizzy that now, re-reading them, are clearly am dum. Seriously. That addled. So, I appear to have my wits about me again, more or less, and now am playing catch-up. I can't believe how much stuff I have to do, though, in order to get all these applications put together. So many little things to verify, to put in order for professors so that they can write their letters, and so forth.

Still, a few cool bits: Professor Kurz mentioned to me how he had been hearing from multiple student sources that I was a great classroom instructor, which is gratifying, and Professor Dempsey was adamant in saying that I include in my CV the fact that I was asked to come in and consult for the Department when they were designing parts of the new major in Catholic Theology because I was considered a good teacher and one who was thoughtful or informed regarding high school theological education and the formation of such teachers. So those were both kind things to be told. And, heading downstairs to the Bridge an hour or two ago for a drink, I ran into a former high school student who is in Law School here now, and he wants to head out for drinks, which would be fun.

I was taking care of all my AAR conference stuff the other night, and getting my arrangements ready for interviews while looking around at an apartment full of stuff: I'd so like to fast-forward and just be settled some place already....
16th-Sep-2008 12:35 am (UTC)
I have no doubt that you are an excellent teacher. Just the thoughts and the materials you've shared about your class content, your students, reveal the attentiveness and care you put into the work and the persons involved. Good luck with the job search. You do have an advantage in having real experience in the classroom. I have a friend, aa PhD from the GTU who spent a couple of years painting houses until he finally landed a job in a community college. He is much better than that, but he did not have teaching experience. Hope you enjoy the little social tine tonight.
17th-Sep-2008 02:18 pm (UTC)
Thank you! I'm certainly hoping for good experiences in a solid, steady position: but you remind me that that is in itself still a great gift.
16th-Sep-2008 01:31 am (UTC)
You will be -- and I wonder where it will be.
17th-Sep-2008 02:18 pm (UTC)
Oi! Here's hoping!
16th-Sep-2008 03:10 am (UTC)
If you're not in too much of a jobsearch blur at the AAR, would you like to meet in person over coffee or something? We're very different fields, very different approaches, but I have loved reading your journal and have been enlightened and humbled by your thoughts.
17th-Sep-2008 02:21 pm (UTC)
Yay! That would be fun! This is actually the first time I'm attending AAR: I've tended to prefer smaller, more focused conferences. But I gather that this is always one of the big points of AAR: to hang out with old and new friends under the pretense of an academic gathering. So, yes, getting together would be fun! I'm going to be staying at the Palmer House and I'm sure it'll be possible to make the time.
17th-Sep-2008 03:24 pm (UTC)
Great! I'll drop you a line closer to the event, once I have more schedule sorted out. I'll be staying with magdalene1; I'm not presenting, just absorbing what's being said and trying to get socialized.
17th-Sep-2008 10:12 pm (UTC)
Oh, cool! J and I have never been able to meet face-to-face, either, so maybe if she isn't movie-swamped we might even figure out a way to all meet!
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