Hard to believe, but such as the academic job market works we’re starting to get announcements for positions we could actually possibly take for the fall of 2008. Talk about external motivation. For the uninitiated, that means our letters of interest and other materials start coming due in October, and hopefully we’ll start having interviews in the winter. I’m hoping lots of places will start calling sometime after late December, but not before.
As things go, it’ll be difficult for Josh and I to find jobs in the same city on our first try. So imagine how excited we were to see that a university actually has two positions – one for an Amer.icanist and the other for a Russ.ianist. It’s in Hal.ifax, Nova Scotia and as we’ve been prematurely looking at the city, it’s starting to actually look like a fabulous place to live. I’ve always been a closet Canadaphile. In case any one who reads this would have a clue (or at least a better one than we can find in our online research), I thought I’d ask one of our more burning questions about the area: can you grow vegetables there? From online maps it seems like as decent of a place to have a garden as here. And actually, the weather seems much more pleasant.