A New Adventure as a University Professor!
One day, I am going to get back on track with making posts. Perhaps this is the moment. Life has been a wild ride. A little over a year ago I was living in India and in May 2017, I returned to the States. I bounced around before going back to Texas and getting on my feet. I got enough on my feet to do some trans-formative things in my personal life and I was able to save up enough money to spend a month in India this past summer. (More on that later.)
While I was in India, I had a Skype interview for a full-time university professor job at an institution in New Mexico. Upon returning to the States, I had a campus interview. Subsequently, I was offered the job and I accepted it.
Today is the first day of class. I had a photography class this morning and now I am sitting in my office. Thus, I will probably expand this blog to include stories, the trials, tribulations, and successes of my new position. There is much to do and I have a unique position. I am teaching both photography classes and art history classes. It should be fun but challenging.
The whole situation is funny. I had let the dream of being a tenure-track/tenured professor go. I had moved on to other dreams and goals that did not pan out. Then I rebuilt my life and set my sights on new goals. I had planned to start a business doing photography tours in India. This I may go ahead with it may just take a little longer to get off the ground. I had also finally applied to a PhD program. That particular program is not an option as it would require me to be in Dallas, Texas. However, I refuse to give up this goal and have found a very flexible program I can apply to.
However, in the mean time, I am super excited about my new job and my fancy office. It is super cool that I get to follow both of my passions and be a real voice among the faculty about the direction the classes and the department of art should go.
And as a fun update, in October I am presenting a lecture at a conference about some work I did in India over the summer (more on that later) and in November I have work in an exhibition in South Korea, the work is about my time living in India (you can check it out here, From the Archive, Rajasthani Impressions).
I hope everyone has a great week and I am excitedly planning my next trip to India and beyond! I am determined to add a new country to my list of countries visited in 2019.
Photo by my colleague Alla Parsons.