Road Trippin’ (2016)

Road Trip 2016New road trip scheduled for July 2016. This will be my (hopefully final) cross-country move. I made a map (again). I almost want to skip visiting all of my friends in order to visit the last few states I’ve not seen (outlined in dashes). By my calculations, this is my nth road trip. And it’s going to be ncredible!

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Circling the Flame

This is a sort-of-sequel to this post.

Starting in October, I kept track of my own estimations of where I might end up in 2016. This is the result.

Starting in October, I kept track of my own estimations of where I might end up in 2016. This is the result.

It is all-but-decided that I will be joining the faculty of the University of Nevada, Reno in September. This blog has been going since I was a junior in college, it’s strange to think about how I’ve completely turned the tables and am now a professional academic. I had a great showing in my job search this year. I applied to 16 jobs, received six interview requests, turned four of those into on-campus visits, and have received one job offer. One is all I needed, of course. I still haven’t heard a “no” from Rhodes (but they sucked anyway) nor Bryn Mawr (but they didn’t seem to want me anyway).

 

Reno wasn’t my top choice, but it was always a heavy contender for me, as it is relatively close to my family and reminds me of my home institution. I was bothered by the griminess of the town when I visited and by one of the faculty members who told me a joke where the punchline was a Texan killing a Mexican. Nevertheless, it was my top option in a number of my metrics – availability of Mexican food, walkability to work, nearness of family, retirement package, % likelihood of tenure. It was in the middle of many more – temperature, fun things, campus beauty, coffee shops, class sizes, nearness to friends, etc. It was only my worst option in terms of nearness to my partner and student quality (I assume).

Final job results

Final job results

So I’m happy to be (very likely) joining the faculty in the Fall. I get happier the more I think about it, actually. It just fits. I’m also humbled, because I know how hard it is to get this sort of job and how lucky (really) I am. My heart goes out to everyone whose journeys are still ongoing. Stay strong.

 

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Life is living through distinctions you had once denied existed

This is my third, and probably final year on the academic job market. I have been doing extremely well: I applied to 16 jobs, have been interviewed by six departments, and been offered fly-outs to four of those. My former adviser sent me a single-word email, “wow” when I told him. I’m super nervous, but excited. I’m even worried I’ll be offered multiple jobs or offered jobs at unfortunate times. So I’m trying not to brag because (A) it’s sad to be excited about what would be an absurd showing in some fields, (B) I’m afraid to jinx everything, and (C) I remember what it was like to have done much worse.

Clicking ‘more’ is just a long monologue of my own thoughts. Please click ignore, instead, and go listen to some bad ass music.

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The Ten-Point Coffee Shop Grading Rubrik

Last time, I talked about my 10-point rubrik for public bathrooms. Now, I’d like to share my Coffee Shop Checklist. If you are thinking of starting a coffee shop, these items are essential (and listed in order of necessity). A Perfect 10 Coffee Shop is one worth planning a trip around. The Guglhupf scored a 9 before the incident. It’s probably a 4.5 now. My bad.

  1. There are power outlets available
  2. There is internet
  3. There is running water
  4. There are restrooms that score a 7 or above
  5. It is open late
  6. There are nice places to sit
  7. There are decent snacks/food available
  8. There is coffee
  9. There is iced coffee
  10. There are flavored drinks
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Getting Your Hopes Up

I am applying for academic, tenure-track jobs. I had a good interview this week. Great by some standards, but only good the more I mull it over in my head. I think they wanted me to say I would teach non-Western philosophy in my intro class (not a crazy idea, given the particular job posting).

But in any case, I felt very positive about the interview. After I finished, I pumped my fist in the air for a bit and celebrated over beers with some peers. Then I had a choice:

  1. Remove all of the information about this interview out of my life, computer, and mind
  2. Get my hopes up.

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