Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Taking stock

Thanks for the good wishes on the last post, everyone!

I missed this blog's anniversary. The year (plus a bit) that I've had this blog have been fairly momentous for me. When I started this blog, I had just come finished a job that nearly burned me out. I had a one-year contract at a different school, and I was starting to explore non-academic career options. I thought I'd make one more try on the job market and then do...something else.

That one try on the job market, though, produced interviews, and an offer. I always said I only needed one offer, as long as it was the right one, and this job is practically my ideal. So now I make a transition from a contract lecturer to a tenure-track professor. I look forward to the transition, but also find it daunting.

My original intent for this blog was to focus on my research interests, on topics related to women's monasticism in the Middle Ages. Looking back, I can see that its focus has drifted a bit, to include more discussion of teaching and of my life in academia in general. I am sure it will continue to evolve over the next year. I think chronicling the transition from contract to tenure-track may be useful, but I also expect to fold more discussion of research and writing back in. 

Thanks for reading and commenting, everyone!


Notorious Ph.D. said...

Hey -- I missed your anniversary, too. Congratulations! I'm looking forward to reading about your adventures on the tenure track in the years to come.

Aurora said...

Congratulation on your new job. I came across your blog from a comment you left on Historiann asking for advice and I responded in the comment.

So I'm curious, how do you plan on blogging on your research and staying anonymous? There's so few women in my field it would be easy to identify me if I talked about my work.

clio's disciple said...

Hi Aurora, thanks for the advice!

I've been pretty open about the subject of my research here. I'm aware that makes it possible to identify me, but my subject is obscure enough that I'm not overly concerned about a hostile person finding me. I do try to write my posts with the awareness that they could be connected to me. I keep my pseudonym because I'd prefer that the blog not show up when someone googles my name.

I do have a new problem regarding how open to be; my new institution has some unusual quirks that would also make it easy to track me down if I'm open about those details. So I'm undecided how open to be about those quirks, which have significant impact on my teaching.