A Quick Update

Hello readers! I hope all has been well, and I hope you’ve been having a relaxing and/or productive summer. I’m writing this post to give you a few quick updates!

First and foremost, I completed my one-year postdoctoral fellowship at Bowdoin College in June. I had an absolutely wonderful time researching and teaching there. My students at Bowdoin were exceptionally bright and driven, which made teaching quite an enjoyable experience. It also didn’t hurt that I also taught two fresh and exciting courses during my time there: a course on Young Adult Speculative Fiction and another course on Queer Young Adult Literature. My time at Bowdoin was a fabulous yet realistic introduction into the world of academia and higher education. I not only got to design my own dream courses, but I also participated in faculty meetings and extracurricular events with students, held regular office hours, and engaged in informal mentorship with students. This fellowship pushed me to realize how hectic, stressful, and busy the life of a professor truly is. After leaving Bowdoin, I know that I’m better prepared for the demands, pleasures, and responsibilities of an academic career. As excited as I am for a job in academia, I’m no longer approaching it with the naiveté that I had fresh out of graduate school.

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“A Day in the Life of a Postdoc.” Subtract the cigarettes and double the amount of coffee, and you have a perfect representation of how I felt during the days that I was grading, holding office hours, revising an article, applying for jobs, working on a conference paper, and debating whether I wanted to cook or order takeout. The struggle is real. 

For those of you who are interested, I obtained this postdoc by submitting an application to the Consortium for Faculty Diversity Fellowship, which offers minority scholars (and scholars who incorporate issues of diversity into their teaching) the opportunity to research and teach at various liberal arts colleges in the U.S. Feel free to check out their website, and I highly encourage you to apply for this fellowship if you fit the criteria!

On another note, I’m thrilled to announce that I have officially joined the Department of English and Comparative Literature at San Diego State University (SDSU) as an Assistant Professor of Children’s and Young Adult Literature. To say that I’m excited about this is an understatement! SDSU’s English and Comparative Literature Department has a renowned and robust children’s and young adult literature program, and has housed exceptional faculty in the field. I’m so happy to join the SDSU family, and I’m even happier that I don’t have to deal with the nightmare that is the academic job market this year.

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This was pretty much my reaction to the job offer from SDSU!

I have so many great things planned for my first year at SDSU. I’m going to teach two upper-level undergraduate courses for English majors: Adolescence in Literature (Theme: Undoing Adolescence) and Queer Narratives and Genres (Theme: In Search of Queer Forms). Over the next couple of weeks, I will share my syllabi for both of these courses on this blog, although you can already find them on my academia.edu page. In addition to teaching these courses, I will be working on a couple of book projects. I hope to finish revising my dissertation into a book manuscript by May 2018, and in the meantime, I will also be developing book proposals for various publishers. I am also in the midst of co-editing a volume focused on intersectional approaches to space and place in film and media with Pamela Robertson Wojcik and Paula Massood, so keep your eyes peeled for more updates on this project. Last but not least, I’m in the early stages of planning a collaborative project with another scholar of queer young adult literature. I can’t share many details about this project yet, but for now, I’ll say that I am incredibly excited about it even though we’re just in the initial planning phase.

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Yes, I know that this year is going to be excruciatingly busy, but I am so, so, so very excited about the hustle that lies ahead! *cue celebratory dance*

I’m absolutely loving San Diego, and I can see myself being very happy in this city. Anyway, I gotta get going, but stay tuned for upcoming blog posts that will showcase the syllabi that I’ve designed for the courses that I’m teaching this upcoming semester. And as always, thanks for reading!

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