A Migrant Academic: Year 3

Well, we’re nearing the end of summer, which I spent in D.C. with my spouse and my dog. And, now it’s time to migrate back to China for another semester at NYU Shanghai—the penultimate semester in my first 3-year contract with the school. I’m not going to go in-depth into the ups and downs of being a migrant academic, as I’ve already done that (see part 1, part 2, and part 3). What I will say is that I will miss my boys (spouse and dog), but I will be happy to get back to the office and back to teaching. Work is very fulfilling to me, even when I complain about the small stuff (like adequate recognition of NTT faculty labor). I love working with students and learning with them. I love contributing to a new campus and hoping to make a difference. Most of all, I appreciate the distraction from the insanity that is consuming the world—not that now is the time to be distracted.

So, what PD goals am I going to set on this, my (potentially) final year at NYU Shanghai? Well, I’m going to compile and submit my reappointment docket. I’m going to complete the TESOL Advanced Practitioner Certificate and the Google Educator Levels 1 & 2 Certificates. I want to get more of my under review submissions accepted, and I want to get more of my nascent ideas off the ground and on the page. I want to finish reading Why Buddhism is True by Robert Wright. And, I want to make sure that I make it back to the U.S. enough to spend quality time with my family. I enjoy what I do. The travel and time away can wear me a little thin at times, but I do enjoy it so very much.

Please note: There will be no updates next week, as I will be traveling back to China and adjusting back to work-life there. I’ll start updates again on 28 August 2017 by diving back into my chronicle of obtaining the TESOL Advanced Practitioner Certificate.


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