A lot of people have been asking me about this one. My fellowship is 1-2 years. It’s renewable after the first year and it comes from the South African government through the National Research Foundation administered by the
I’ve applied to be an astronaut. You know this and I’ve written about this extensively in late 2007. It’s a year long process, so even if I got in on my first time (very rare) I wouldn’t be accepted until May 2009 or so. The deadline for application for this round (every 2 years) is June (or so) 2008. So it’s next month I believe. I finished my app around when they put it online back in October.
There was a job at MD Anderson Cancer Hospital for which they sought a mechanical engineer to help with cancer research in
So it looked as if I would stay for another year for sure (assuming ZA still wants to renew) but then I was offered an interview for a professorship at a university called RIT.
http://www.ntid.rit.edu/ If it doesn’t work, switch the ntid and the rit.
They want to hire me to be an assistant professor (support/instructional staff). I would be a tutor for deaf students in the normal 4-year science and technology majors within RIT, and I would teach courses in the 2-year associates program for deaf students in the NTID department. I would probably advise students who are transitioning from the 2-year NTID-RIT program into the 4-year RIT program for a bachelors degree. We had a 3 hour video conference interview (They didn’t want to fly me to NY). It went well except my presentation which was within the area that they wanted but too high a level. The first questioned asked after my 20 minute teaching lesson was what level was the presentation? I immediately said “4th year students” (which is true I do have a 4th year [honors] student in the course (I just used slides from a lecture for a course because I was short on time)). Anyway, it went well even with that. They could possibly offer it to me in which case I would have to learn sign language and be fluent by year 2 at which point the tenure clock would start. The nice thing about RIT is that it’s actually a teaching college so tenure is not so heavily weighted on research. But they do have a new president who is trying to push research. I asked about what would happen if I got these research grants (mentioned earlier): would I be able to carry them to RIT and work on them or would I have to give them up if I got the job. They said that the new president would love for faculty to do more research and I could most definitely use them. But when they gave me the percentage of time allotted for it, it was small, maybe about 10 percent of my time. So that would be about 4 hours per week. So I would have to think about that. If I got the HIV grant I would definitely have to consider that because I want to go somewhere where I could work on it. But it’s a wonderful opportunity to work with deaf students, learn a new language, and become a prof doing a bit of research. So we’ll see.