New Year, New Opportunities, New Hope

Happy New Year!

As of this month I am teaching five online writing and business communication courses for Axia College of University of Phoenix and will continue to do so on an ongoing basis for the foreseeable future.

Also, after completing my first semester at DeVry University in Bakersfield (during which I taught an English class and a management class), I am now preparing to start two English classes and a different management course on January 7. 

Later that week, on January 12, I will be teaching a consumer buying behavior class for UC Santa Barbara Extension for five consecutive Saturdays. I am also going to be teaching a principles of marketing course for International American University, a new school based in Palmdale that is focused on the international student market (all of my students will be from Korea).  

I will be working — and driving — a great deal in the coming weeks, but for the first time in my life I am excited and invigorated by these opportunities. Things seem to be clicking and things seem to be happening — an experience I have not had since I was in college.

I am also a bit nervous — which is actually a good thing, because it means I want to do a good job and that I care about these teaching positions. I haven’t really felt nervous about wanting to do well at a job for approximately 8 years! So, I must be onto something!

I have also tremendously benefited from the sage advice of Linda Andreani, a fellow Fielding doctoral student who is working towards her certification to be a coach — if it were up to me she would have already earned it and then some! She has been exceptional in her ability to help me better understand myself: who I am and what I really want to become. If it were not for her I would have remained far less certain of my course and much less focused on my goals. Thank you, Linda!

Notably, as a result of the demands of my new teaching opportunities and my recent journey of self discovery, I found it impossible to dedicate time to my doctoral studies at Fielding. As a result, midway through my first semester there, I elected to take a leave of absence until the end of May to determine my next best steps.

I am not entirely certain that Fielding is the best program for me, though I do know that I am still focused on earning a PhD — or as it might turn out, a DBA (doctorate of business administration). It is still premature for me to make any final decisions, though I am working earnestly towards a sensible strategy.

In the meantime, I will use this medium as a channel through which I can document my experience as an adjunct instructor.

More to come soon…