Thursday, January 10, 2013

Got the Job!!

I got the job!! If we're friends on Facebook, you may already knows that, but it warrants saying, anyway. I couldn't actually be happier right now. One of my New Year's resolutions was to get a job and here I am, 10 days into the new year, with a shiny new job! Go me!! And the best part is, it's not exactly a job I sought out, but rather one that sort of came to me, which again, is awesome. The job is an adjunct instructor position at the university where I did both my undergraduate and graduate work. I'm going to be teaching English again!

I'm wondering at what point I'll start to actually feel like a teacher? I taught English for two years while I did my graduate work, as a graduate assistant, but I never actually felt like a teacher. At least, not in the traditional sense of the word. Maybe it's because I associate teachers with primary and secondary education. Now, I won't be a graduate assistant anymore, I'm actually faculty now. Maybe that's the ticket, that I'm not exactly a student--at least not in the English department, anymore.

So, I don't know yet how many sections I'll have, but it'll probably be just two for this semester. I'm teaching English 112, College Composition and Research, a course I've taught before. If it works out, I'm hoping to keep adjunct teaching and get more sections in the future. I'm not yet sure how it works from semester to semester, I'll let you know. But, for now at least, I have a job and one I'm actually looking forward to going back to. I have a ton of work to do, of course, but I think I'm up to the challenge. I'll have to update my syllabus and assignment sheets, decide on paper topics, find readings, update PowerPoint slides, make copies. Lots to do and very little time to do it, particularly since school starts on Monday.

Melanie and I were both interviewed today and both offered a position, so we're going to be doing this together, which is particularly significant since she and I have pretty much gone through the entire process together. We were undergrads together, then grad students together, and now we're adjunct teaching at the same time. We may even share an office space! We've always been close, she's been my best friend for eight and a half years, so this is amazing. I mean, we say the same things at the same time, we show up to work dressed in the same outfits, we're definitely on the same wave length--as a matter of fact, when I told her what I was planning to wear for my interview, she told me she would have to change some so we didn't match. Today we were joking that we're soul mates. I'm so pleased for us!

So for now, I'm off to do the stack of employment paperwork we were given. It's a mountain of signing, but I think I can get it squared away tonight. That should work. Good night!

PS. I might even have something interesting to talk about again. Yay!! (~.^)