Comment from: lorraine [Visitor]

Hi Diana,

Can you teach in addition to your regular job? Will the military reduce your assigned job to compensate for the time these courses would take to teach and prep? If not, are there enough hours in the day to do both?

Good luck with your decision. Would you get to put University of Maryland on your resume?


03/24/11 @ 07:08
Comment from: diana [Member]

I can’t ask them to reduce my assigned job to compensate, of course. If they offer, that’s one thing. If not, it isn’t a request that may be made.

This is one of the few opportunities commissioned officers have to take part-time employment, actually. Most possible part-time jobs would be thought to either interfere with our assigned duties and/or possibly place us in a position of servitude to enlisted folk. This may be a special case, though.

The students are all enlisted troops who need the course to complete their CCAF or pursue their bachelor’s degrees, so I’ll be filling a military need here. This is why i think the military might see their way clear to accommodate such moonlighting in this case. Who knows? They might even give me a medal for it.

I’ve already checked and the readings are fairly inconsequential–~20 pages out of a history book for each class. I get to write my own tests, assign my own papers (which are short), teach my own students.

BTW…WHAT resume? What part of “I’m going to RETIRE in five years” did you not understand?” ;)

Speaking of resume…they want a copy of mine so I can apply for this position. Would it be funny or cocky to list University of Maryland (pending) under teaching experience?


03/24/11 @ 07:36
Comment from: Hinermad [Visitor]


Higher education’s kind of like dealing with the Mob, isn’t it? First it’s little things - a class here, a favor there, all legal and aboveboard - but eventually you’re sucked in and can’t escape.

Look at Brian May. He thought he was able to escape a career as an astrophysicist by joining Queen, but now he’s chancellor of John Moores University in Liverpool.


03/24/11 @ 07:42
Comment from: Mila [Visitor]


I think the fundamental question would be whether you enjoy teaching. If it’s something you really enjoy, you’ll probably be ready to tolerate all the bullsh*t that (apparently) comes with it, and still be happy at the end of the day.
If you don’t, it will probably become something you drag yourself through, and twice as tiresome.

Just so you know, though… You’ve just been offered something close to my dream job :P (replacing “History” with “English")

03/24/11 @ 09:15
Comment from: diana [Member]

Mila, I love teaching. I miss my students from the Academy. I miss the interaction.

I don’t miss the grading, but I figure that’s the part they pay me for, which means this is a pretty good deal.

Tell me more about your dream job!


03/24/11 @ 10:11
Comment from: Mila [Visitor]

My dream job would involve teaching English as a second language to adult learners, in a place that doesn’t fall apart, with whatever material I like at my disposal, and being paid decent money to do it. That’s about it…

03/24/11 @ 10:31
Comment from: diana [Member]

Have I got JUST the job for you…. ;)


03/24/11 @ 13:15
Comment from: nikki [Visitor]  


It would seem to me if you have been offered a posotion you covet [quote Mila, I love teaching. I miss my students from the Academy. I miss the interaction.

I don’t miss the grading, but I figure that’s the part they pay me for, which means this is a pretty good deal. end quote] and you enjoy getting paid for it also, your question has already been answered. ;)

The only other question that remains to be answered is: Are you ready to give up what extra time it would cost you to do the job?

Whatever your decision is, I’m sure that in the long run, you will be a better person for it.

Love you cuz!

03/24/11 @ 15:36
Comment from: Aunt Bann [Visitor]
Aunt Bann

Diana, remember, too, that the teaching there counts into the years you have at the academic level, and your retirement will be “fatter” as a result!

If you want it, go for it. Otherwise, let it slide; you’ll find plenty to keep you busy, I’m sure!

03/24/11 @ 20:29
Comment from: lorraine [Visitor]

Hi Diana,

To answer your question:
1. No, not funny to the people who will be reading it.
2. Yes.
Though, it is delicious to contemplate it.

Ya, ya, retire, I know. So, who’s got the pool going on whether Diana actually retires when she leaves the military or just changes who she works for? What’s the current bet on how long that first retirement will last? ;)


03/24/11 @ 20:56
Comment from: diana [Member]

I’m going to toss the idea around for a bit. I do want to have my own down time for a while. I need this break. My greatest weakness, though, is saying no when I know I have a skill that the enlisted folk here so desperately need (their promotions can rest on their getting the class the UofM cannot offer without me, although I don’t know why they cannot get these courses from the UofM from online instructors).

Nikki is right: I do want to concentrate on me for a while. I’m trying to learn how to slow down–be bored, even. So…we’ll see.


03/25/11 @ 01:43
Comment from: lorraine [Visitor]

Hi Diana,

Are you allowed to ask the powers that be at your new official job what ramifications taking this teaching gig would have on your main job? They might have some reassuring words about making compensatory changes in your principal duties to allow you to take a job you’d love that would do so much good for so many in the military while giving the US a better educated military and one better able to cope with civilian life once retired.

What a delicious dilemma you have.


03/25/11 @ 16:08
Comment from: Daddy [Visitor]

I don’t recall you giving a definitive decision on this. I am proud of you no matter whether you decide to or not, but I would like to know what your decision is. Since you are spending time elsewhere, I imply that you have decided against it. Eh what?

08/20/11 @ 12:15
Comment from: diana [Member]

I didn’t, Daddy. I have been pitched (again) since, but I’m working in an operation, which means that peacetime pursuits (such as teaching class part-time) are not part of the equation.

This is for the best, though. I really need the break.


08/20/11 @ 17:25

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