So I’ve been trying to decide if I wanted to address the following issue and after a lot of thinking I have decided I will because I think it is important that I address it. A few weeks ago I had an interview for a job teaching a drawing class at a nearby college. The interview itself went okay, it wasn’t a total train wreck but I definitely could have performed better. When I left I was pretty certain I didn’t get the gig and for reasons I’m about to explain I was totally cool with that. The reason I was okay with not getting the gig was that as we were finishing up the Dean, who had I gotten the job would have been my boss, said something along the lines of, remember that your role is to transmit your knowledge onto your students. This left me EXTREMELY uneasy and actually kind of made my skin crawl. Beyond my long standing issues with authority in general, the above sentence pretty much perfectly articulates the pedagogical philosophy of every teacher from hell I have ever had. Teachers that presumed to have some magic power that allowed them to possess knowledge that I simply could not have until they transmitted it to me. I would never delude myself as an educator or human being to be more informed than my students, to create an ego-centric informational hierarchy just seems foolish and bullheaded. It had been my hope that by teaching on the college level I would be able to avoid this kind of nonsense, I now know that this is not necessarily the case. This realization is troubling and has caused me to question my desire to teach. I’m not ruling it out entirely but I think it would have to be a very special circumstance for me to want to teach at this point. It is with this in mind that I formally end this blog, given that it is called “I Wanna Teach” and now I’m not certain that statement is still true it seems foolhardy to continue to post here. I thank those who have followed my exploits and I hope I have shared something productive on this journey. Talk Later!
So I just wanted to update you all on the job search. I attended the job fair this past Thursday and although no jobs came of it (as reasonably expected!) it was a great learning experience because it forced me to confront and define both my strengths and my weaknesses. It should also be noted that it was extremely well run, so kudos to the Philly Uncubed team for coordinating such a successful event. If I learned anything it is that I am even more committed to a job specifically in Higher Education. Design is just not something I am built for, it has it’s own structure and language that are entirely foreign to me and the way I think. That’s all for now I guess, I’m back in Williamsport now and will continue to work on getting a teaching job but will probably not update regularly until the hiring season ramps up in the fall / spring. Until then, thanks for reading!
The Job Hunt is officially on hiatus. I sent out an application for a job in Connecticut but other than that I am suspending the search and thus this blog for at least until July - August. I promise to return, hopefully with good news. Until then TTFN!
I am now a Maaasster!
So I officially have obtained a Master of Fine Arts from the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts. Here’s to hoping this actually has some impact on my job search…
Not so much about my ongoing quest for employment but instead a review from TheArtBlog of my recent solo show at The Hex Factory entitled, “Can’t Find My Way Home”. The review originally appeared last Monday but my Internet was down most of last week so I wasn’t able to post anything until now.
So I applied to a teaching gig in Vermont. Don’t know if I’ll get it but if I don’t I plan on moving home and trying to get a job teaching at my friend’s school… At least until something more permanent opens up in the Spring.
So I met with Greg Martino in career services today and one recommendation he made that I hadn’t thought of but am definitely going to pursue is temping. It would at least put a roof over my head until I find something more permanent. Am increasingly optimistic.
At this point I feel like I’m all in on the Whitney Independent Study Program. Nothing is happening job wise, I do have a meeting next Monday to discuss broadening my search beyond the arts but beyond that I’m pretty betting the farm that I get into WISP so I can put this meshugas off for a year… Only time will tell I guess.
Another day, another application.
So I sent out another job application today, we’ll see what happens.
So still no real progress on the J-O-B front… However yesterday morning I mailed my application for The Whitney Indepedant Study Program. I will find out if I got in by the beginning of May which could put this whole job thing on hold for a year…