October 08, 2002

I've said for a long

I've said for a long time that one of my criteria in looking for colleges to teach at is proximity to Chicago, as I have my entire family and so many friends in the area. Broadly construed, of course, so I was including much of the Great Lakes region, but it was still a strong concern.

The more I think about it, though, the more I realise I need my overarching concern to be for the type of school. I am thinking increasingly that I could only really be satisfied with a really good liberal arts college. Liberal arts because I want to teach a lot, and really good because I need to have pretty sharp students and at least some opportunities to do research.

This is necessarily causing me to cast my net a little wider, geographically. I'm really not sure how I feel about that. Well, we'll see---there still are quite a few good schools within my old search radius ("a few hours from Chicago"), maybe I'll luck out and get in to one of them.

I suppose that at least some of the people at the various colleges and universities I'll apply to will be reading this blogs, by way of checking up on me. If so, let me take this opportunity to say hi! I hope you like what you see. :)

"Babies on the other hand, spend the vast majority of their time either i) sleeping, ii) eating, or iii) bitching. Behaviorally, they're a lot like sheep, but without the keen, piercing intelligence. Or the ability to move." --Jeff Vogel Posted by blahedo at 11:22pm on 8 Oct 2002

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