Friday, February 23, 2007

And suddenly I'm an expert.

I've been asked to be one of two people on a panel at my university's annual career path symposium for grad students and postdocs. My area of expertise? Transferring from teaching to what is generously being called "academic administration."

This makes me giggle, but I suppose by May I really will have a bit more perspective on my decision to switch career tracks.

Meanwhile, I'm supposed to provide a brief biography for the conference literature. Perhaps this?

Trillwing is a recently minted Ph.D. in Farcical Interdisciplinary Humanities. An unhealthy addiction to blogging helped her to land a job where she doesn't have to grade papers, a fact she likes to share with her grumpy grad student friends during midterms. Although she misses classroom time and office hours, she's glad to finally have some separation between her work and home life. When she's not helping faculty with technology and pedagogy, she's watching her toddler spin around in circles and stumble drunkenly around. During these times, she is a bad mother because she laughs at him rather than with him.

4 comments:

Breena Ronan said...

What's funny is that you are considered an expert. You have expertise in many things, but there must be lots of people on your campus who have made that transition longer ago than three months.

Queen of West Procrastination said...

Please, please, please use that biography. It is delightful.

Scrivener said...

I like the bio. Except I'm guessing you're laughing both at and with him.

JustMe said...

GREAT bio!