That’s Professor Bob Now

As one academic chapter closes, another beckons.

On Saturday, I completed my final course in the Fairleigh Dickinson University Master’s program in Creative Writing and Literature for Educators. This began in late June 2015 and I have plowed through seven courses since then and all of a sudden, it’s over.

This final one, Comedy, Satire, and Parody, proved to be the most challenging and time-consuming, although I possibly learned the most here. Among other things, I realize how little contemporary comedy I am exposed to and just how much there is to pick from. I also stretched as a writer for the second or third course in a row, and that was refreshing.

All the work is done, the final portfolio has been submitted, and the check to graduate has been sent. Next up will be the arrival of the diploma sometime in February.

By then, though, I will have moved on to something new.

While I am still hopeful in returning to a high school classroom for the next school year, I have been staying busy with substitute teaching at a nearby Catholic private school. And come the spring semester, I will take on a new role as an Adjunct Professor at Anne Arundel Community College.

I’ll be starting with one course, Academic Writing, something required of all incoming students and where they have the greatest need for teachers. If the administration and I like one another, I’m hopeful this is something that can grow. I’ve set it so I’ll be teaching Tuesdays and Thursdays late enough in the day so I am still available to sub.

I await the syllabus but teacher pals have already shared tons of their material with me so I can customize to my preferences. I’m truly looking forward to this brand new experience.

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