I am overdue for an update. The past month and a half has been unexpected. Since I last wrote, I have interviewed for two positions (temporary research fellowship and tenure-track position) and received another request for an interview this week. I am also really happy to report that one of those two original interviews has resulted in a campus invite. I am always surprised to find out that I have made a cut for anything. I can thank low expectations for my excitement, but I cheer every time and that is a great thing.
In the meantime, I have been doing ok and keeping myself busy, but it has been a bit of a struggle. I have been feeling a bit directionless as I try to figure out what I will do with myself next, but getting the campus invite has infused me with new energy. My first (and only) job talk was two years ago and it was an enjoyable and affirmative experience. It is exciting to share your work with a crowd of interested people and feel like a real live professional. I’m currently working on my job talk and having a good time doing it.
In my time away from posting I also organized a panel for the 2015 American Historical Association Meeting. It was a struggle to get myself to write anything new, but I managed to complete my abstract and the panel’s abstract. The most significant hurdle, however, was finding people to participate in the panel. It was more complicated and frustrating than getting my dissertation committee together for my defense. If only my panel could be guaranteed acceptance because of the amount of energy I expended putting it together! I’m keeping my fingers crossed.
Ok, that’s it for now.