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Just talked with my lovely office mate who is a Lecturer for the Linguistics and Hearing & Speech Departments here. Since I adore teaching and that seemed to be what her job is completely comprised of, I asked her for details and it turns out that there might be a job opening for exactly this sort of teaching-only position in the HESP department. And she would recommend me for it if I wanted. And we're going to continue to talk about this possibility later on.


I would get to teach, I wouldn't be in the publish-or-perish world of research academia, and I would be able to stay in the DC area. Hence, w00t!


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Sep. 22nd, 2005 03:15 pm (UTC)
Wow! That's incredibly exciting! Keep the details flowing, and Congratulations!! *hugs* *Scritches*
Sep. 23rd, 2005 01:27 am (UTC)
That sounds pretty interesting. Would you get to continue to do your own research, if interested in such?
Sep. 23rd, 2005 11:27 am (UTC)
I could do it on the side, yeah (which would actually be cool for me since most of my stuff is a one-person modeling thing). But I wouldn't be required to publish interesting things in order to keep my job, which is truly attractive. To be fair, coming up with new ideas all the time may turn out not to actually be too hard, but the uncertainty factor in it makes me wibbly if that's what my job status is dependent on.

Sep. 24th, 2005 03:57 pm (UTC)
Not to be a nay-sayer, but how are teaching-only positions treated by the department? is this a long-term position they have or will it go away when they hire some new prof? do you want to apply for research funding and/or become a prof some day? you might want to read chronicle.com to get some ideas about teaching-only positions and career plans.

Nice option to have though if it's what you really do want.
Sep. 25th, 2005 12:34 pm (UTC)
Thoroughly good point. Basically, my understanding is this one would be a long-term position. The trick with hiring new profs seems to be that it's a great perk if they have to teach very few classes, particularly lower level classes. Hence, the need for good instructors to lure unsuspecting students into the major. ;)

As for becoming a research prof someday, this pretty much closes the door to being that. Which I've given a lot of thought to, since my original plan was to be a research prof. But, after observing the lives of the research profs and the instructors around the department, I much prefer the lives of the instructors. To be a really good research prof, the quantity of time you must devote to it seems to be quite high. To be a really good instructor, the quantity of time seems to be much lower - leaving you time to actually do other things with your life if you so desire. (Which could be your own research, but doesn't have to be.)
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