2009 is here and in full swing. I spent the first few days just relaxing with family. No travel this year. In fact, I never left The City during the holiday leaving me lots of time to consider 2009 and what I plan to do… A few things on the list:
- Finish my Ed. D. coursework
- Start my dissertation
- Apply for tenure
In order to get going, I know I’ll need a network of friends and colleagues to help. My plan is to use this blog, my website and social media (e.g. Twitter and Facebook) as tools to help me focus on my 2009 goals – and have a little fun along the way. Seems like a stretch?
Well, consider that I’ve been using Facebook to connect with colleagues in my department in the School of Education as well as a few faculty for over a year. These connections have been invalueable during course projects, planning research and general networking. Down the road, I hope this networking will prove particulaly helpful once I start to refine my dissertation topic and speicifically need to gather data — since I don’t teach traditional courses, I already recognize that finding a population for study could be a challenge. Many of my friends teach and might be willing to let me use their students in my research (pretty please!).
While this blog as been static for some time, the plan is to use this as a way to “just write” – write about ideas that might become parts of a dissertation. Write about things that might support my dissertation (social networks like Twitter and Facebook) and will also probably include more than my share of dead-end rants. Whatever it takes to start writing and keep writing is all I’m after.
So, there you go. 2009 will be crazy, but I hope with these goals (and no more) and some general ideas about how to get from here to there, I’ll make it to 2010 in decent shape.
Cheers and Happy New Year.