NB: I started this piece originally with the intention of talking about methods to improve your Skype interviews for academic positions, and then the COVID-19 pandemic did two things that necessitate a bit of tweaking. First, it basically froze almost all hiring in the humanities—a lot of the positions I interviewed for have been cancelled or are still very much in flux. Second, it threw a bunch of people into the deep end as far as trying to think about their online presence via video for Zoom interviews, class recordings and the like.
As I write this, I am in College Station, Texas, where I’ll be for the next year while my spouse finishes up her degree. So in some ways, writing the post about the peripatetic life was a bit premature, as was the photo project. I’ll still keep the section up on the site, but it will be more sporadic (as it has been for the last couple of months) and the last major door changes were during my trip down here from Hamilton and did not lend themselves to pictures. Instead, I’ll take pictures of things I consider of interest.
As I was doing the long drive back to Ontario from the Sewanee Medieval Colloquium last weekend, it struck me that I actually wanted to do something with this website. It’s long served as a placeholder and set of links, but it could be doing more to centralize my thinking as well as reveal the process behind my professional life and the ways that process has impacted my personal one. My biggest desire, I realized, was to achieve greater transparency.