I am now in the other side of the classroom… I accepted an Assistant Professor position at The University of Tampa. I knew from the moment I started my doctoral studies that I wanted to pursue a career in academia. I always wanted to teach others about instructional design and I have a passion for research.
It was very exciting when I got the offer but I am even more excited now that I am in Tampa and ready to start the academic year. The position is tenured track position, I am planning to stay focus on my teaching, research and service. I will be teaching mainly in the Instructional Design & Technology graduate program but I am also teaching a graduate level course in the teacher education master program. During the first academic year, I plan to work on a teaching and writing routine that works for me. I hope I can find a decent balance between the two of them.
I have to say that the move to Tampa was good but we had to make some adjustments . We (my significant other and myself) are still in the East Coast so we did not have a time change but we did have to get use to the Tampa weather. It consist of hot summer days and then the late afternoon thunderstorm. We also had to adjust the “sunshine” levels in Florida, now I know why the state of Florida is nicknamed the “sunshine state!” …we now wear sunglasses. Overall, it has been an interesting adventure and experience.
Greetings from UTampa!