Friday, September 12, 2008

On the tenure track

Life has been a whirlwind since my last blog posting, in July. Shortly after Sydney and I got home from Readercon, I was offered a tenure-track teaching job in the English department at Frostburg State University in Frostburg, Md., teaching professional writing -- including business writing, technical writing, journalism and editing & production. Yes, that's the same department where my wife, Sydney, teaches. I accepted, gave my notice at Overdrive magazine, "The Voice of the American Trucker," and then spent a hectic August trying to wind down one job (which involved a business trip to Texas for the Great American Trucking Show, among other things) and crank up the next one. I had exactly one week between my last day at Overdrive and the first day of fall classes, Tuesday, Sept. 2. This is the first night I've felt able to draw breath in weeks! But I'm delighted, of course, by how everything has worked out.

Here's my faculty Web page, what Wikipedia would call a "stub."

And how are y'all doing?


Anonymous said...

I'll miss the Overdrive Magazine tales. It was a more colorful job than teaching professional writing, that's for sure. But it's tenure track left something to be desired...consisting of 18 wheels as it did.

Congrats. You seem to be settled in Frostburg.


Chris said...

Congratulations on the new gig!

Chris Furst

Richard Parks said...

Good to see you at Readercon. The new gig sounds great!

Tracy Miller said...

Congratulations, Professor! This sounds like a wonderful position for you. I wish you and Sydney the best.

Andy Duncan said...

Thanks, Oz, Chris, Richard and Tracy.

You're right, Oz, that "The Voice of the American Trucker" makes a more colorful line in an "About the Author" blurb. But there's much to be said for working at the same place as Sydney, and on the same academic calendar.