I’m still unpacking, but I am relieved to report that I have completed what might be my last move for a while. I have moved in with my sister without any specific plans for how long I will be here, which makes this move different from those in previous years. I am still applying to tenure track jobs, Visiting Assistant Professorships, lectureships, and post-docs. I’m up to 28 submitted applications with ten more or so on my list. I tend to find something new to add to the list weekly so I could easily reach 50 applications this year. I sent out just over 30 applications last year.
I am going to work on dissertation revisions this week and then take a research trip to the Ford Presidential Library the following week. Once that is done I would love to relax for a couple of weeks. I will begin my second job search in January. I’m hoping to find work (temporary/contractual or permanent) that will allow me to use my skills as a writer or researcher. I am curious to see what staffing companies think of my resume (which I still need to finish), but I really don’t plan to begin that search in earnest until January. I feel like I could use a much longer break after grad school, but I don’t have the financial means to take a significant break. I am looking forward to the possibility of finding my first job post-grad school though and officially starting life after. I am remaining positive and trying to embrace this stage in my career/life.
One more PhD!
I passed my defense today. My committee was very encouraging AFTER the defense, but as they were firing questions at me and picking my work apart during (the ordeal), I began to wonder why in the world I worked so hard for so many years. I’m not even sure why I found it to be traumatic. I did manage to piece together reasonable answers and take copious amounts of notes. My advisor told me later that he had a similar experience during his defense so I’m certainly not alone in feeling harassed during a defense.
I have a month to complete revisions. I am relieved to have the defense behind me, but I know I will truly be excited when the dissertation is filed and my diploma is in hand.