Perhaps if I describe my current situation, it will both explain and excuse my long silence. My school is closing (not a shock) and I find myself unemployed. My Husband's mother passed away just before my last week, and as a result I ended up taking all the personal time I would have lost to be with him and help make arrangements. So I ended up working only 1 day my last week. I went in today and cleaned out my belongings and tied up all loose ends.
If I can navigate the Unemployment Maze, I will not be opposed by the Company, of which I am not allowed to speak any ill, per my severance agreement. And, scariest of all: I'm enrolled in graduate classes at NKU starting Monday.
My initial idea when this happened was I should go back and earn a PhD in Comp and Rhetoric. I want to teach writing in a Community or small college. I never want to teach in a For-Profit Institution again. I am fairly flexible about where I live and while I'd like full time, I could handle some adjunct work. I wasn't finding even that this summer, when I was so desperately looking.
It's far to late to apply for 2012 PhD programs, so I'm shooting for 2013. I'm studying for the GRE general and subject tests. I was just going to audit some classes at Northern Kentucky University, which has a MA in English and is 10 minutes from my house, but I found I could get financial aid to apply as a MA candidate, and they accepted me on very short notice. I am hoping to get to teach real freshman Comp classes in the Spring in return for a tuition waiver. It's valuable experience, perhaps enough to get me in teaching somewhere if I don't get accepted to a PhD program immediately. I can probably finish the Certificate Program in Comp and Rhetoric by next Fall at the latest, which may also open more doors.
My severance covers the Fall Term, and I might still get a day teaching job of some kind. We should make it on unemployment for a while. I'm oddly less scared about that than about walking into a graduate seminar after 20 years away (I earned my MA in 1993 and actually finished taking classes in 1990).
Mostly, I'm excited to find there's now a niche for my interests in a way literary studies never offered. I have things to offer about writing, and I want to learn more about how it works. One of my classes is about Theories of Community Literacy. If nothing else, I'll have some specific answers next time I get in an interview about what I could offer not just to my students but to the discipline.
Anyway, I'm likely to be here at least once a week. One can only read theory, or check Facebook, or look at pictures of Cats so many hours a day. Will now go off to check the last few weeks/ months of the F-list.
Oh-- And Wee Hob is a Senior! I will have lots more time to redirect him now. He's being pretty tolerant so far of his crazy mom.
Ramblings from the 'goblinn
"They that hobgoblin call you, and sweet Puck...."
- Life Changes