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Movement and REALizations

So all the paperwork for UMBC got completed which means I am officially on the roster as an instructor/adjunct professor.  This is kind of huge.  First, it's the first time I am teaching a class that isn't sociology.  And frankly, it won't be sociology - I've been asked to lean it away from my discipline for a more interdisciplinary approach.  Second, I am teaching at the school where I'm getting my PhD, which is probably only a big deal to me.  I mean, this could open doors, if I decide I want to teach more here.  Third, my direct supervisor in the department, the chair, is also one of my dissertation advisors, so...yeah....no pressure.

But I am thrilled - it's sort of amazing to see your name on the course listing as an instructor.  I mean, yeah, I have seen it a hundred times before at Towson and CCBC, but at the place where I will be, in about 2.5 years wearing that ridiculous poofy hat...it's pretty big for me.

The way it looks next semester won't be that imperious, in terms of other work.  My full time job will be on "coast mode", which means I come in, do what I need to, and then leave.  I'm only teaching one course at Towson.  If God is kind, I'll be teaching a Saturday course at CCBC.  So, I'll be all set to start comps in mid-November.  Sigh.  Sorta nervous, pretty okay though.

I think I have figured out what I'm doing and in what order.  I am going to first reconfigure my old Brony paper into a journal article and submit.  Second, I will work on the 'thanks discourse' paper, and finish that up by mid-July.  Third I will start and finish my paper for the Extending Play conference.  Lastly, I will turn my literature review into another paper talking about decentered masculinities.  All that stuff will be done by August 31st.

Looks like the American Men's Studies Association conference will be in Ann Arbor again.  I don't know if I'm annoyed or super annoyed.  The locale wasn't...bad...it's just the hotel was like 2 miles away from the place where the conference happened, and the closest airport is Detroit.  Sigh.  Yeah, I'll do it again. I know I will.  I just need to make sure I have something to present on.  More than likely it will be a refit of the Cultural Studies paper analyzing veteran identity.

PCA is in San Diego in March.  Will I go?  I don't know.  Tickets are kind of expensive, but I could use some of my GSA money to get there, I suppose.  My hope is to present an analysis of larp data there, working with a prof out of UC Irvine.

There's a conference in New Orleans in September that I'm hoping to find out about.  It's all on the topic of vets.  I really think I need to go to this.

Running has been going apace.  I have run every day this week.  I didn't run this morning, but my intent is to run when I get home.


( 5 comments — Leave a comment )
Jun. 4th, 2016 06:10 am (UTC)
Congratulations man.
Go to San Diego! You will love it. Guys suck there, and in a bad way, but it's a beautiful city. :D
Jun. 5th, 2016 05:28 pm (UTC)
I've been to San Diego once, en route to (and on the way back from) Mexico. I did like it, it's just hard to justify the $400-500 round trip ticket (especially when all of my other conferences are costing me nowhere near that). It's moot actually; my department will pay me back for the ticket. More than likely it's a go, though.
Jun. 6th, 2016 12:30 am (UTC)
Is that including hotel?
Jun. 6th, 2016 12:32 pm (UTC)
Nah - $400 is for the flight only, not including the hotel. Once you throw that in, it will run about $900. Which I would get reimbursed, but still...
Jun. 6th, 2016 12:53 pm (UTC)
Still what? LOL! Are you a martyr for the university? Take it! And it's... educational. :D
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