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Meet Lector Language Person!

The Writing Program just e-mailed me today, offering me a job as a Lector for next year! Woo-hoo, go me! The Lector is one of two salaried positions for grad students, and it involves teaching separate writing seminars, usually to third- and fourth-year undergraduates, as well as business school students and a few graduate students. I have to take a course with them in the fall about how to teach writing, and then they turn me loose on students. I can keep the job for as long as I want. Practically, this means that I'll do it until an opportunity to teach in the Music Department comes up, but I won't be eligible for that for another year or so. In the meantime, this is perfectly good teaching experience.

Professor Language Person may be retiring, but Lector Language Person is waiting in the wings!

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dawtheminstrel
Mar. 9th, 2007 11:26 pm (UTC)
Congratulations, Pony. You're right that it's good experience.
frenchpony
Mar. 9th, 2007 11:33 pm (UTC)
Thanks! I think it'll definitely look good on the ol' CV, especially since the Music Department doesn't have very many available teaching positions for its grad students. This way, even if I never get to teach Intro to World Music, prospective university employers will know that I have teaching experience, and, since I'll have a Ph.D. in music by that time (or as close as makes no difference), they can trust that I can teach music.
canyon_lady
Mar. 9th, 2007 11:54 pm (UTC)
Congratulations! That's fantastic.
frenchpony
Mar. 10th, 2007 05:07 am (UTC)
Thank you! The job pays pretty well, and it'll be good experience. I anticipate a good time.
lcohen
Mar. 10th, 2007 04:33 am (UTC)
woo hoo, go you, indeed!!!
frenchpony
Mar. 10th, 2007 05:07 am (UTC)
Thanks! They made me jump through a lot of hoops to get it, but I persisted.
meggins
Mar. 10th, 2007 05:01 am (UTC)
Wow, Pony. Great news.
frenchpony
Mar. 10th, 2007 05:08 am (UTC)
Yes, great news indeed. This job pays handsomely in addition to being the kind of thing I like to do.
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frenchpony
Mar. 10th, 2007 01:14 pm (UTC)
Thank you! It is splendid, because it means I have a good, well-paying job lined up for next year, and I'll get teaching experience in the bargain.
bodkin_ra
Mar. 10th, 2007 09:06 am (UTC)
The torch is carried!

Well done, FP. You give those students what for - and get them communicating coherently.

And language is music ... in a way.
frenchpony
Mar. 10th, 2007 01:17 pm (UTC)
The torch is carried!

If you picture an Olympic torchbearer passing off to a fire-eating Ringling Brothers clown, then yes.

You give those students what for - and get them communicating coherently.

When they asked me why I wanted the job, I told them, "because there is so much bad academic writing out there. I want to do something to ensure that I won't have to read quite so much of it in the future."

And language is music ... in a way.

One real good way to send ethnomusicologists into a frothing tizzy is to claim the exact opposite. It's kind of fun to watch, actually.
dot_o_choillmor
Mar. 10th, 2007 04:56 pm (UTC)
Go you! That's great, FP. I'm thrilled for you!

And will it take a lot of your time or do you reckon it'll fit in with your schedule easily?
frenchpony
Mar. 11th, 2007 02:04 am (UTC)
Thanks! Soon I'l' have my own writing class to talk about, only it probably won't be as interesting as yours.

I think it'll take a certain amount of time, but that time seems like it'll be pretty flexible. I'll have to take a course in how to teach writing during the fall quarter, and that course looks like it'll fit okay, and then we'll see what happens.
saadiira
Mar. 11th, 2007 05:46 am (UTC)
WOOT! Teaching-Pony!

Congratulations. It sounds like that'll be wonderful experience. (Now wants to take a Pony class!)

-Dira-
saadiira
Mar. 13th, 2007 05:16 am (UTC)
HEEE! Oh man, I LOVE pretentious wine-speak... :D.

Precise, deep, but never bombastic aromas...oh PLEASE! Heh.

*Goes off snickering, and wanting to take the Pony class even more!*

-Dira-
ns_tulkas
Mar. 11th, 2007 12:33 pm (UTC)
Mazal Tov! Be'hatzlacha! I didn't know you wanted to teach.
frenchpony
Mar. 11th, 2007 01:41 pm (UTC)
Todah rabah!

Most graduate students in academic subjects are aiming to teach. It's how we fund our research habits.
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