I’ve been sitting on some pretty important news for almost a month because I didn’t know if I was “allowed” to talk about it. I didn’t know if my department chair wanted to officially announce it or if I was supposed to keep it quiet until I signed my new contract. Needless to say, I got the A-OK to talk about it from him last week, which is important because some of the things I need to get done by the end of the school year require folks to know what’s going on.
As many of you know from reading this blog, I’m really miserable here in Texas … miserable to the point of depression, anger, and exhaustion. I made up my mind in August to move back to NYC; after all, my contract is up in May 2018 and the new academic job round was beginning. It was the perfect time to make plans to jump. My only problem is that I really, really like my job. If I could move my department to Philly, or NYC, or Boston, I would do it in a heartbeat.
After the first departmental meeting and undergraduate committee meetings of the year, it became increasingly clear that my department is facing some major challenges: 1. our student body is increasing, 2. we are crunched for space and time slots in the class schedule, and 3. like all schools, we’re going through our review and accreditation this coming year, which means our classes, SLOs, compliance, etc. will be under review. I knew that I was leaving to move back to NYC … but what if I seriously COULD take this awesome job with me?
As a complete shot in the dark, I wrote a proposal for a new position for myself: I would continue to teach online from NYC and would step up to become the online coordinator for the department. Our need for online classes is increasing dramatically because of the growth of our student body, the students’ demand for online courses, and the department’s space issue. My proposal solved two problems: my desire to move home and the department’s need for GOOD online classes. And guess what? The powers that be ACCEPTED it! WAHOO! We’re selling our house this spring and moving back to NYC in May. And I still get to keep my job at Texas A&M!!!
Moral of the story: don’t be afraid to ask for what you want. You never know. Second moral of the story: your health and happiness is important. Listen to your heart.
I have a feeling that I’ll have a lot more to blog about now that we’re heading home to NYC. Onwards and upwards!