UT is a small private school with about 5,000 students, and I am teaching one section Monday night from 6pm to 10pm then another section Tuesday/Thurdays 8am-10am. Then I go to my regular job. BRUTAL.
Teaching is my forte, my passion, my bliss. I loved it in grad school and now, several decades later, I still love it. The kids are really fun. Not always that smart, but always fun to teach. I laugh, I get frustrated, I pontificate—but I really care that they learn the material. They write and rewrite and rewrite. They bitch and complain. But they learn.
My student evaluations are high—embarassingly high. Since at my regular job I’ve always been known among the younger crowd as somewhat of a hard-ass, it’s gratifying that my students get that I care. I’m especially proud of high scores on “My professor motivates me to want to learn the material.”
Last year I was recruited for a full-time, tenured faculty position at San Jose State. I was in the top 3 and had a 12 hour interview—one hour into it I knew that I didn’t want to work so hard in Life 2.0 Research, committees, publishing in academic journals—nahh.
Adjunct teaching, where I just teach? Yeah. Part of Life 2.0.
The next chapter is also going to involve workshops for mid-life women. I have a wonderful friend and future business partner also interested in this, and we’ve begun to flesh out our plans. We know we have a winner.
She and I also have a consulting idea that is tangentially related to what I do now, but not exactly. I’m not ready to discuss it yet, but we’re very stoked about it and believe it’ll be something we both enjoy and that it’ll go well.
As Life 2.0 evolves, it’ll have the three components I love most: teaching, consulting and workshops for women.
I’m further along than I’ve told most people. My target date is May. After spring semester. I’m teaching PR Campaigns in the spring, don’t want to miss that!
The photo is of Plant Hall, a historic building that’s the UT landmark. The minarets are a familiar sight around here. I teach in a new writing lab, not in this building. But this is the image that most represents the university.