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Mon, Mar. 1st, 2004, 11:28 am
Advice Needed

Okay, people, I have a decision to make. Should I apply for an associate professor position at UCSD? It's in digital media arts - in other words, kind of up my alley. Here are the pros and cons.

- Position accepts a terminal Masters as qualification to be a full professor
- Position accepts theoretical work, not just actual artworks, as evidence of engagement in the field
- Lots of smart people doing computer-arts stuff are heading there, and I need a community of peers working in the field
- I will finally get paid to do what I'm interested in
- I love to teach
- California is cool

- Given that it's a long-shot for me, a surprising amount of work has to go into the application
- Not sure I'm ready to be doing curriculum development
- Not sure I'm ready to be teaching instead of learning, as there are lots of things I still need to gain competence in
- Not sure I'm emotionally ready to leave New York and my dear friends here
- I would have to join the Theater, Dance, Music or Visual Arts department, and I'm not sure I fit in any of them

Any thoughts? The application is due March 10.

Mon, Mar. 1st, 2004 08:31 am (UTC)

I suspect -- based on my own experiences so far -- that Cons #2 and #3 are always going to be true, until you ignore them and go ahead and develop curricula/teach anyway. (And they'll probably continue to be true for a while after that. <g>) i.e. the only way you'll come to feel ready is by doing it.

Mon, Mar. 1st, 2004 08:47 am (UTC)

Well, I already have been teaching - I'm just not sure I'm ready to do it full-time. I have so much to learn that I feel totally unqualified to stop doing so, and I don't know how much time or support this position allows for continued learning of my own. Maybe that's something I should find out, eh?

Mon, Mar. 1st, 2004 06:21 pm (UTC)

I never intend to stop learning untill I'm dead, and even then I'll probably go on learning stuff if there is an afterlife... :)

I think you should do it Jess. Really I do. It's a great oppertunity to get paid to do what you like, you'll be around others that have similar interests and be in a place where you can continue to grow and learn while helping others...

I support you no matter what you decide, but I really think you should at least try for it....


Mon, Mar. 1st, 2004 10:13 pm (UTC)

I don't see any cons to the actual application process, since the work going into the application would also presumably be relevant to the rest of your life. :) I think you should work on the application and see what happens. It sounds like this is something you at least think you *might* want, and you should keep the option open, if that's the case.

Tue, Mar. 2nd, 2004 02:45 am (UTC)

Agreed. If you have the time and energy to apply, you should. UCSD is a very very strong theatre school, which I would apply to were it not out west.

You have an open mind and are socially and intellectually flexible, so I don't see any reason you need to worry about "fitting in" with any given department, be it visual arts in UCSD or Professional Eskimoing at Greenland U.

You are, as far as I know, interested in narrative - the broad art of getting a story across - which is what the performing arts are all about. And if you need to study specifically interactive narrative - go study the working process behind a show! Bit of a tangent to my impression of what you're currently doing, but one which could be interesting and useful.

Tue, Mar. 2nd, 2004 11:40 am (UTC)

Thanks for the support, guys. I think I'm going to apply for the job and keep my fingers crossed - wish me luck!

Tue, Mar. 2nd, 2004 10:49 pm (UTC)

apply and give yourself the option.

at the very least, you'll have the application ready for the next time a jobl ike this comes around.