How I Got Sabbatical and What I Did Once I Got It

lucydrinHaving taught my first class of the spring semester today, I’m officially back in business in my day job as an English professor.

But I actually warmed up my face-to-face teaching muscles when I gave a presentation last week — as professional development — for my Eastfield College colleagues.

So, if you’re wondering what I did during my sabbatical from a professional standpoint, here’s the PowerPoint presentation (in PDF format) titled “How I Got Sabbatical and What I Did Once I Got It.” (How’s that for a sexy title?) It’s chockfull of links and whatnot but very little academic high-falutin’ verbiage — which I’m out of practice in writing anyways.

The session went well. That is, I didn’t make a total fool of myself. I answered questions as best I could while deferring to a veteran colleague who had more sabbatical experience than I did — thank God!

After passing around paperback copies of my books Structures and Scaffolds (as one of the props for the presentation), a couple of fellow professors asked if they could buy copies for themselves. That was a nice surprise as I tend to be low-key about my second life as an author when I’m wearing my faculty member hat.

I don’t even market my books at my workplace which — as a self-published author — may seem pretty dumb publicity-wise, but that’s just how I am. Shilling my wares while teaching feels so weird to me that I’m giving away PDF versions of my books to my students, even though they’re required to read them and would buy them if forced to.

That’s 105 students. I could do the math of what wad o’ cash I’m passing up, but — to use politico-speak — winning my students’ hearts and minds with free books is more valuable than a fun-sized royalty from Amazon.

So, the doctor is in — and better get to bed.

TTFN!

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