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Professor Mamas in 2009

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Welcome Professor Mamas! Here's your place for advice, commiseration, and celebration of life as a mom and professor.

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Back to teaching this quarter. I'm teaching intro for the first time. I've got my first lecture done, 2 great TA (+1 lousy), and all I have to do tomorrow is get my syllabus to meet university standards and get it copied.

2008 was pretty good for me: I got the fall quarter off from teaching, which helped me get a total of 6 papers submitted (2 are already in print, 1 in press, 3 in review). I also got two new grants started. They are small, and I need another big federal one to make my tenure case solid. I expect my 4 year review is this spring, but things are so disorganized in the department, that everyone will likely forget it until the last minute. This will result in a mad scramble on all parts. I'm trying to get my part done to reduce the scramble.
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Teaching at the community college again this spring: one science and one math. I'm working on finding full-time employment in my area of training and if that works out, I probably won't be teaching after this semester just because of time considerations.

I love teaching, but as an adjunct, they don't pay enough or offer opportunity to teach enough to make a living income.
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I love teaching, but as an adjunct, they don't pay enough or offer opportunity to teach enough to make a living income.
Man, I feel that.

I'm teaching 3 courses this spring, for next to nothing. I have to on the slate for summer, I believe. I don't know for sure yet.

Subbing to this thread. Still looking for fulltime work. Wondering how long I'll be working for so little pay.
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Hi everyone! I'm still on vacation, really on vacation now as I just submitted my final changes to my dissertation. I'm DONE. Whew. I am teaching 2 courses (67% because only 1 lab section each) for a local state college. I'm also teaching one online course for the community college to hold onto the possibility of working for them this summer. I have a few feelers out for working in industry PT this summer and then I would get rid of the online gig in a heartbeat. Tomorrow is my first day back to work, well my kids are in dc in the morning and I'm volunteering in kindergarten in the pm. Life is pretty good in these parts, at least until I check my work email tomorrow.
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Back to work for me on Tuesday. Teaching an intersession developmental math course. Argh! I do not know why I agreed to this--it will be insane trying to get these 8 students with severe math anxiety to learn a lot in a short period of time.... My classes are 4 hours a day, for 8 days, and then a final.

Happy 2009 everyone! Hope it is healthy and productive!!
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Back to work for me on Tuesday. Teaching an intersession developmental math course. Argh! I do not know why I agreed to this--it will be insane trying to get these 8 students with severe math anxiety to learn a lot in a short period of time.... My classes are 4 hours a day, for 8 days, and then a final.

Happy 2009 everyone! Hope it is healthy and productive!!
How developmental?

I'm planning on using the Facebook MyFarm application to help explain least common multiples and profit in my Pre Algebra class. Hopefully it will suck a few of them into being interested.
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I am going to out myself as a long-time lurker and finally sub to this thread

I'm a chemical/envmtl engineer postdoc at southwest R1 trying to find a faculty job, and I have a DH also in the same boat but he's a biologist. I trailed him here, but am now having a little more luck on the job market, but this year really sucks on the market...

I've got three campus interviews in the next three weeks :

I'm teaching one workshop course on climate change solutions this semester, but don't have class til the 26th, so still a little time to prep. I'm totally terrified, it will be the first time I've ever developed a new course or taught in this subject

Geo - I need to get that link from you again that you recommended about course development :

Looking forward to chatting with yall in 2009!
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I'm here.

celebrating an 'all systems go' tenure review Won't be official till spring though...
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Congrats!
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I'm here.

celebrating an 'all systems go' tenure review Won't be official till spring though...
Hooray! Congrats. The waiting is hard. I know for me I had a positive review all the way up the food chain, but it wasn't official until the Board of Trustees met in June which was really just a technicality. But I kept thinking some freak bad thing would happen and they would tell me I didn't get it after all.
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I'm here.

celebrating an 'all systems go' tenure review Won't be official till spring though...
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Hooray! Congrats. The waiting is hard. I know for me I had a positive review all the way up the food chain, but it wasn't official until the Board of Trustees met in June which was really just a technicality. But I kept thinking some freak bad thing would happen and they would tell me I didn't get it after all.
: Congrats! I love to hear the positive stories.
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I'm here.

celebrating an 'all systems go' tenure review Won't be official till spring though...
Great news! :

I have 2 weeks to go before classes start, which is very much needed considering I just sat down today to start planning.

Welcome all and Happy 2009!
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I'm also de-lurking!! I'm a history professor at a university in the south west. I had my first baby, a daughter, last April and have stuggled a bit balancing work and motherhood (but I think I'm getting there). Thankfully, I am on sabbatical this term and am really looking forward to putting in lots of time on my book. I did very little research this past term!
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I'm here.

celebrating an 'all systems go' tenure review Won't be official till spring though...
Wonderful news! Congrats!

kerc--congrats on being DONE!

I only have an online class this semester so it should be pretty quiet. I need to finish diss edits and fill out the graduation paperwork. There's also this graduate teaching program I've sort of been doing and I'm thinking I ought to finish given the time I have this semester. I only need to attend two workshops and i can do that this Thurs/Fri, and then put together a teaching portfolio and i'll be certified (because people really care when you're an adjunct ). The portfolio ought to be useful, right?

I also want to submit a proposal for a conference this spring sometime in the next couple of weeks.

DH and I chatted and it looks like we'll ttc in April, or more likely, May. We (I) might still back out, but it seems like the timing would be ok because DH's won't have his full tenure review for another three years and DD isn't in school for a year and a half anyway. I'm still fence sitting but the idea no longer inspires abject panic. That said, I want to rest up and recover from the diss process in the meantime and work on trying to get something published.
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Hi all,
Sorry I dropped out of sight on the last thread. I did change schools and am really loving my new position. It's a great balance of teaching and research, great co-workers and we're living in a nice area. With the move, all the new classes and the new little one late last spring it's been crazy though. I spent most of last semester just prepping and teaching the new classes (and I'm still doing 3 online classes for the old school as they weren't successful at finding a replacement for me).
This semester is going to be more research focused, I hope, at least at the grant writing stage. I'm teaching 3 classes again here, but two are repeats from last semester.
Anyway, that's what's going on with me. We start next week, so it's off to get some slides prepped.
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yay cj!!!! ::

nak

i'm here just hard to type with one hand
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I'm out of semi-lurkdom as well.

I'm tenured, so no worries there, but I've put my research on hold for 3 years while my kids were little. I meant to get up to speed last year, and then the department (of 7) was suddenly short three full-time faculty members, and all hell broke loose. There's nothing like chairing half a dozen thesis committees, a search committee, the admissions committee, and doing 1/4 of all advising to make research go down the drain.

So this year I NEED to get some research going. I miss research. I miss the community and the intellectual stimulation. AND I really want to go up for full professor in the next several years, and I can't do that on my current research publications.
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Ideas for me on teaching study techniques?
http://www.mothering.com/discussions....php?t=1029082

My dossier needs to go in this week for me 4 year review. I'm oddly calm about it despite the fact that my mentor committee is MIA.
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