"Africa is, indeed, coming into fashion." - Horace Walpole (1774)


my future = abilene?

Having a T.A. = Totally Awesome.
  • Exam at 8:30am on Monday after Texas in Africa was out entirely too late enjoying a Kenyan band? Given and proctored by the T.A.
  • 60 exams with one essay apiece? Magically graded, within 72 hours, even though the T.A. got sick and missed a day.
  • Lecture on the Federalist papers, not exactly our favorite topic? The T.A. wanted to do it, so he did.
  • Innumberable asinine questions from students who can't be bothered to come to class? Directed to someone other than me.

The best part is I only actually asked him to give the exam. I do not have any plans to abuse my T.A.'s friendliness and willingness to help, but, wow, this is great. Here's where I begin to rethink my plan to teach at liberal arts colleges forever.

In other news, job postings are starting to come out. McMurry is hiring. Yippee.


Blogger Unknown said...

Admit it, you just want to help set up the tepees every year.

Wednesday, June 18, 2008 2:02:00 PM

Blogger euphrony said...

How did I post that using Kat's account? I confused, but it was really me, Euphrony.

Wednesday, June 18, 2008 2:03:00 PM

Blogger Michael said...

One of my fellow grad students just accepted a job at McMurry (He's comparative to). I think they have 3 faculty total. I wonder if McM didn't update their listing.

Wednesday, June 18, 2008 3:16:00 PM

Blogger Michael said...

to = too. i don't do english so well apparently.

Wednesday, June 18, 2008 3:16:00 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Amazing. You might be the only person besides me to use the word future and Abilene together.


Wednesday, June 18, 2008 5:57:00 PM

Blogger texasinafrica said...

Euphrony, I was an Indian Princess with my daddy when I was seven. I'm sure that means I can pitch a mean tepee.

Michael, here's hoping. But the listing I saw is brand new. Maybe they're expanding the department?

Cody, I can't even reply. Oh, yikes.

Wednesday, June 18, 2008 6:02:00 PM

Blogger Michael said...

Here's hoping you are right. Good luck getting the job!

And for the record, my dream academic job is at my alma mater Hardin-Simmons, also in Abilene.

Wednesday, June 18, 2008 6:11:00 PM

Blogger texasinafrica said...

Wait, there was supposed to be a question mark!!!

Wednesday, June 18, 2008 6:13:00 PM


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