1995: I earn my MFA.
1995-1997: For the next two years, I work as a full-time instructor, teaching a 4/4 for less than $20,000 a year. But I have health insurance for the first time in my life. I’m 26 years old.
Note: Titles for contingent faculty:
- Visiting Lecturer
- Visiting Writer
- Visiting Assistant Professor
- also: Assistant Professor
1997-2000: I get my first tenure-track job at Mankato State University, now Minnesota State University-Mankato. I work with wonderful people. However, my then-partner gets a job out East.
2000-2005: I get my second tenure-track job at The College of New Jersey, formerly known as Trenton State College. I don’t bring any years toward tenure with me, nor do I think to ask for them. I work with wonderful people. With sadness, my partner and I part ways. In 2004, my first book is published and I receive a positive vote for tenure, but it isn’t official until the Board of Trustees votes on it. In an effort to get closer to family, I go on the job market. Continue reading