Here's my positive affirmation list:
- More and more colleges (not just community colleges) aren't requiring PhDs, but instead are accepting just Masters with online experience, or teaching experience.
- I have two Masters degrees, one in education and one in English literature, which HAS to count for something.
- I have ten years of teaching experience, plus one of online teaching.
- I've presented for two years at SAMLA and chaired a panel this past year.
- My first book review will be published next month in The Journal of Folklore Research: Reviews.
- I couldn't be any more involved at my school with committees and service.
- I'm a rockstar in an interview.
- I don't have a PhD.
- I'm not published.
- I don't have post-secondary teaching experience.
- I don't have the support of a network.
- Is post-secondary teaching experience really necessary if I have other qualifications? Is there any wriggle room in these requirements? Or, would my other qualifications be accepted in lieu of this?
- Does my lack of publication hurt me?
- For someone in my position, do I care if the position is a lecturer, or a renewable contract assistant professorship without tenure?
- Where would I want to go? For what situation am I willing to uproot my life? In this economy?
- How the hell does this process work? I know we're smack in the middle of the hiring season (I hear) but how quickly do you hear if you made the first round of cuts? Does it make a difference if it's an online application that goes to HR or if it's directly addressed to the search committee chair? Is an interview the next step, or a campus visit? How quickly after that do you hear something?
This is WAY out of my comfort zone. And for now, just all musings on paper.