Not the mst3k version, though.
It’s not the golden ring, but it’s a paycheck. Keeping my resume up to date and looking for actual opportunities rather than dead-ends, but I’m not going to bitch in a 10%+ unemployment context.
The reality: I was hired on an emergency basis, b/c the administration came back and said “this was not a diverse applicant pool,” BUT it’s too late in the summer to re-do the interview process. The Dean was visibly unhappy to have to offer me the gig, and it’s very clear that my chances of obtaining a full-time position are miniscule-at-best. It’s pretty much going to stay that way, b/c almost everybody else who’s teaching already has tenure (two folks got it last year), which means that if they’re going to diversify the department, it has to be in the job slot I’d be competing for.
So the administration doesn’t like that I’m there at all, but they can’t do a thing about it, because the department keep sending me up as their #1 recommendation. Next spring will be interesting, and I won’t be travelling at Christmas — those funds will need to be saved up for a near-guaranteed unemployment or low/mid adjunct-pay situation for next summer.
On the plus side, I have one distance-learning course made and done, which has the advantage that even after I leave, I can pull in ~400/month as an adjunct no matter where I am (even in Budapest) for online work that’s asynchronous and can be done whenever in the day that I’m free. Not shabby. I’m seriously inclined to see whether I could market myself out that way to a couple of other school districts — if so, it’d be a really nice second job to have.