Monday, April 20, 2009

Reinventing the Wheel

Despite an abbreviated work session this morning, I found time to download and install the latest version of CMap Tools, an application I grew fond of during coursework and then inexplicably uninstalled twenty months ago, just after I used it to map the dissertation I've been working at ever since. About the latest version: what's not to love?  I thought about it in the first place because I had a few ideas for a new map-sketch, the raw start to an article I intend to draft before summer's end.

I'll say more about the application and the article another time, perhaps, but all of this is a roundabout way of getting to the more pressing issue: because I re-installed CMap Tools, I also rediscovered an old, forgotten myscot wheel folder.  The myscot wheel is an idiosyncratic cluster of mascots from programs where I've worked and studied, a wheel because the figures are arranged in a circle. For just over two months, since mid-February, I've had cause to add to it, celebratory cause. 

Myscot Wheel (update)

The new, improved wheel gives it away. As the culmination of my job search, eight weeks ago I accepted a position for this coming fall as an Assistant Professor of English at Eastern Michigan University.  In addition to being so warmly welcomed by great colleagues and preparing for a job I look forward to starting, the move to Ypsi-Arbor later this summer also means something of a homecoming for me. I grew up in Michigan and have always referred to it proudly as home.

As tempted as I am to gush on, I'll refrain for now and instead loosely commit to a series--eventual entries on the position, on the courses I will be teaching in the fall, on the market and anything worth sharing about how I approached it. But there you have today's circuit: CMap Tools, an updated myscot wheel, and an upbeat announcement about joining EMU.

Bookmark and Share Posted by at April 20, 2009 10:00 PM to Unspecified

Derek, that's wonderful. Congratulations! and, Congratulations!

Posted by: joanna at April 21, 2009 11:22 AM

Congratulations on the position!

Posted by: Aaron Orbaker at April 22, 2009 9:04 PM

Thank you. There's much to look forward to in the transition, and I feel very fortunate about it all.

Posted by: Derek at April 22, 2009 10:28 PM

Even though I had heard the news earlier, let me say congratulations again--Congratulations! (BTW, Otto is the happiest of the mascots on your wheel.)

Posted by: Jo at April 27, 2009 8:31 AM

Congrats, Derek! I'd heard about this move through backchannels, so I'm glad you've made the announcement public. w00t!

Posted by: Billie at April 27, 2009 11:32 AM