Just a quick update for those who might be interested. I am now well into the process of finishing up my dissertation, And I recently received a request from one of the tenure-track positions I am applying for to come and do a job talk at their campus on Tuesday. I have a very good feeling about this position, since they seem very serious about opening up a an American style department with American level academic standards and practices. I hope that if I can wow them a little bit on Tuesday that this might be the job that is my first real step out of adjunct professor hell (What Koreans call "시간 강사"). Such positions are still pretty rare here in Korea, so I'm really hoping that this goes somewhere. If Tuesday turns into anything, you're certainly going to hear a lot more about it here from me, and my blogging will probably turn a much more into the direction of teaching in the university classroom. Specifically, that is, teaching content based subjects in actual disciplines, more than the teaching of English. I really hope this marks a major career turning point in my life, and this may well be reflected here in this blog. In any case, I will be keeping you updated here, since this is my blog and I want to make sure to not only record this process in my life, but to update those of you who might be interested as to what I've been doing since my recent medical misadventures. Also, you might have noticed that my blogging frequency has been reduced greatly these days. More than for any particular reason, I think this reflects the change in the way both that I, and other people, use social media these days. In terms of small little commentaries on life and politics, as well as on Korea itself, a lot of my energy to express those small things comes out on Facebook these days, so if you would like to keep up with the older snarky me, I might suggest you follow me on Facebook. Just because I save the blogs for larger moments of inspiration, which by definition come far less frequently than the desire to put up a music video or make a snarky comment about Mitt Romney.
You can follow me on Facebook by going to my address there, which is www.Facebook.com/metropolitician And then instead of asking for a friend request, simply indicate that you would like to follow me, à la Twitter.
I'm not saying this because there any big changes to the blog coming up anywhere, but rather because it's a good time to mention what I've been doing and explain why my blogging frequency has decreased, all while preparing for what I hope to be a major life change in the very near future. So, expect to hear more information down the line about me filing my dissertation in the upcoming spring semester, as well as hopefully beginning life as a real professor. I'm toying around with the idea of putting up a chapter of my dissertation as a lengthy blog post. This is for those of you who might find such a thing interesting. Any feedback on that? In any case, drop me a line and wish me luck as I endeavor to steer my life back onto a proper academic course! And to my long-time readers, thanks for sticking around and for coming back to read this blog from time to time. I only make the suggestion about Facebook because that's where I'm more active these days. And I hope that if you follow my updates, you can get the same old snarky me that brought you to the blog in the first place. Thanks!