My goal is simple: combine two things I love - teaching and traveling. This exciting prospect, first glimpsed a year ago, is about to become a reality. It’s been a looooong process. I first interviewed for this position in October! I never thought it would take almost a year to receive my first paycheck.
From the mountains
|Rocky Mountain National Park|
To the prairies
|Homestead National Monument, NE|
To the oceans, white with foam
|Canaveral National Seashore, FL|
I’m sure my scheme is completely doable. For example, I know now that I can stop anywhere I need to and spend a few hours (or days, as the case may be) grading papers. The work will slow me down some – just how much remains to be seen. But, hey, if I can work in the morning and hike a glacier in the afternoon, I’m a happy camper!
Once I figure out what I'm doing, my long-range plans include writing about my experiences for other faculty. I suspect that many academics, weary of the relentless, often vicious, politics and grinding workloads, will want to hear what I have to say. I'm sure to get some manuscripts and conference presentations out of this whole big adventure. Perhaps a book.I may eventually teach for other online colleges but, for now, I want to keep it simple. Speaking of keeping it simple, I’ll share how I’m organizing my little office-on-wheels in another post.