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Considering our old thread was started almost 2 years ago, I figured it's time for a new start. (that, and I'm avoiding the reality of having to teach again in a few days, after my parental leave semester.)

should we have a members list, you think?

well anyway, ROLL CALL!

oh, and I don't know if any of you like ann taylor loft, but they have a teacher's special right now that even works for university teachers...
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I was intimidated by the size of the other thread, though I lurked some. I consider myself sort of a professor-mama, especially now when I'm preparing my lecture notes for the upcoming semester. I am an adjunct law professor at two different law schools, where I teach Corporations and a related seminar. I also do research and consulting on corporate governance for a research firm and institutional investor clients. I have indefinitely postponed going on the job market for a TT job because my work and family demands don't allow enough time for scholarship. Or perhaps if I were more honest I would say that I'm not motivated enough to overcome the obstacles I face, which are probably no more daunting than anyone else's!

DS is 7-1/2 and DD turns 5 later this month.

I look forward to meeting other profs--

Beth
post #3 of 371
Yes, new threads are so much easier to keep up with, aren't they.

Anybody have any experience being on a research leave but getting inundated with things that simply have to be done now? These are projects that I've been working on for YEARS but suddenly other people are moving on them and this is the worse possible time for me with a book deadline.

I can't simply be rude and tell them to talk to me next quarter, can I?
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I'm a pretenure professor of geophysics at a Massive State University. Stress is my middle name.
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Science momma to two wonderful kids, pretenure (which means stressed out ), trying to anchor my boat on Sanity Land. I got some very good advice here and looking forward to some more!

rock_dr -- good luck in the new semester! I was in your shoes last semester and it was rough, mainly bc. I did not have good childcare arrangements and my DD was sick quite a bit

Good luck everyone in 2008!
post #6 of 371
Hi all
Another pre-tenure prof here, mom of one ds with another on the way in May. I'm also in the process of job searching right now, and have had two interviews that I think went very well, but I have to wait until after everyone gets back to work to find out if there are any offers forthcoming.
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Hiya!

I'm a lecturer in music and going back next week for my second semester back after four years off! I'll be eager to see how this thread goes, the other one got looooong. Thanks for starting a new one!

I'll be teaching a music fundamentals class, conducting one choir, and assisting with a large choir/orchestra. I also coordinate all the applied music for the university, and I'll be teaching several voice students. I also maintain a small but active private voice studio and have a weekend church choir job. Oh, and there are the four year old twins.

Hm. I think I just realized why the laundry never gets done.

I saw on the other thread there were a lot of science/research/tenure folks, so I'm here to represent the arts and the part timers! Howdy!
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Just wanted to quickly introduce myself. I'm a new Ph.D. grad & a VAP at a small school. I'll be on the job market next year (in the humanities - blech), but dp has a tenure-track job where we are right now, so I don't know how all that will play out. I try not to think about it too much as it adds incredible amounts of stress to my daily like. I'm trying to focus on teaching and getting a few more pieces out for publication so that when I go on the market, I'll be in the best shape possible.
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Just wanted to quickly introduce myself. I'm a new Ph.D. grad & a VAP at a small school. I'll be on the job market next year (in the humanities - blech), but dp has a tenure-track job where we are right now, so I don't know how all that will play out. I try not to think about it too much as it adds incredible amounts of stress to my daily like. I'm trying to focus on teaching and getting a few more pieces out for publication so that when I go on the market, I'll be in the best shape possible.
Wherefore the blech? I lurvs me the humanities! Different for tenure-seekers perhaps? In any case, all the best to ya!
post #10 of 371
Hi all! I subbed to the other thread and posted just a few times... I teach English, am tenured, and love reading about other prof moms' experience (since there are few moms with young ones where I teach).
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Wherefore the blech? I lurvs me the humanities! Different for tenure-seekers perhaps? In any case, all the best to ya!
Blech only because there are way too few jobs for way too many people right now (English)!
post #12 of 371
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Blech only because there are way too few jobs for way too many people right now (English)!
Ah, sad but true in music as well. Fortunately I like part time.

Holding a good thought for ya...
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Hi there,

I'm a lecturer in linguistics, and I return to work tomorrow after a five month leave. I'm non-tenure track and my job is mostly administrative: I direct various ESL programs for my university: in the graduate school, the college of arts and sciences, and for the continuing ed branch of the university.

We still haven't gotten childcare solidified so I'm taking my DD to work with me tomorrow, having MIL come for two days to babysit, and then working from home for the last two days of the week. I'll do this until we find a part-time nanny who can be here when I work from home.
post #14 of 371
Hi Guys!!

I'm checking in.

I am pre-tenure, Psychology, in a research intensive institution; just about 2 years shy of going up for tenure.

I have one toddler boy and I am 30 days from being officially a single mom!!!

My biggest challenge: Keep up the rate of productivity without any assistance at home or with childcare outside of regular business hours. No opps. to work on the weekend or evening; trying to stay focused and calm.
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I'm an ABD in geology, teach 75% (or 0%) at the local community college and am debating applying for a job this year. I like the pt gig I have (I like it even more this semester since the dept. finally decided to support phd students again -- long story, but basically I started teaching because my funding ran out and the dept. wouldn't hire phd candidates as teaching assistants).
post #16 of 371

Another Humanities adjunct here

I'm teaching one art history course at a 2-year college and I'll also be working as a part-time at a different community college.

There's also a good chance that I'll be able to teach Developmental English in the Fall. Not my field but most people who teach are out of area anyway.
post #17 of 371
I'm a tenure-track history professor with my first child on her way, coming in April. I'm enjoying my time off until classes start next Monday, but still have a bunch of stuff to do!
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I'm ABD in musicology, teaching one classroom course (world music survey) at one institution and two online music appreciation classes at another. Mostly I'm trying to figure out what I was thinking when I said yes to the third class when I should just be working on my dissertation.
post #19 of 371
I'm in a visiting AP position at the institution where my DH has tenure. I gave up a TT job to come here. We're both in the psychology dept. They MAY have a position in a year or so that I can apply to. My son is 3 months old today, and DH is taking parental leave this semester (no teaching duties). I am teaching 3 courses, one of which is a new prep.

We're living in a 2 BR apt and planning to build a house in the next 6 months, and my (blind) MIL just moved in with us last Sunday.
post #20 of 371
I'm in a FT term position at a small university where my dh has a TT position (different dept - both science). I'm still not up to speed on teaching new preps, keeping research going, writing papers, and writing grants all at the same time. I keep hoping things will get better when my son starts sleeping and my head clears a little...

My other challenge has involved being half of a academic couple - right now, I'm the one following him. It sounds like several of you are dealing with the same issues.

But I'm working in the same city as I live and that's a nice change from last year!
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