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As a fourth year doctoral candidate, in addition to having completed comprehensive examinations and prospectus and working on the dissertation, my thoughts are also turning towards the job market and securing that first academic position. This purpose of this blog is to chronicle the trials and tribulations of completing my Ph.D. and finding that first job.

Wednesday, October 19, 2005

Second Impressions of AECT 2005

Well, today was my first unofficial day at the conference. I say unofficial day because I didn't actually go to the conference. As the conference sessions are scheduled for Thursday, Friday, and most of Saturday, and since this is my first trip to Disney World and I decided to take my wife with me to share in the experience, we arrived yesterday and took today as a tourist day and spent the day at Epicot.

The unfortunate part of the day was that for reasons unknown to me (historic ones I suppose), the Distance Learning Division scheduled their board meeting for today at 3:30pm to 4:30pm. Now, I was just elected as one of two board members to the Distance Learning Division, so this was a meeting that I was supposed to attend.

While I take my responsibilities as a board member serious (all evidence to the contrary I know), but let's be realistic. For me, that 3:30pm to 4:30pm session was the only thing that would have been on my agenda for the day. If I hadn't taken my wife to the conference with me, I wouldn't have actually left Athens until today and would have arrived sometime after 5:00pm. So, I missed it because she was here, but I would have missed it if she hadn't come with me. So I would have missed it either way.

My problem, and yes I'm having lots of problems with the AECT conference thus far, is that why would this be scheduled for 3:30pm on the day before the conference even starts? I mean, had it even been scheduled for 5:00pm or 6:00pm this evening, I probably would have been able to attend on either account. With Lisa here, we had already completed Epicot by 5:00pm and would have welcomed leaving the theme park for supper before returning for the 9:00pm fireworks and light show. If Lisa wasn't with me, as 5:00pm start time would have ensured that I would have arrived from Athens by then (leaving at 8:00am or 9:00am and assuming a 7.5 to 8.5 hour drive).

Anyway, I think this would have made too much sense. Granted, I didn't know that the meeting was scheduled until after I registered and started scanning the program book. I'm assuming that if my presence was required or even badly needed, someone would have e-mailed me before this week to let me know that the event had been scheduled in the first place.

This entry has been cross-posed in both my blog area at the Overlay and my academic blog (i.e., Breaking into the Academy).

Tags: AECT 2005, AECT, graduate student, graduate students, graduate school, higher education, education


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