Lady Vols win

The Lady Vols bet UConn 89 to 80 today. I find I’m even more of a UT fan now than when I lived almost within sight of Neyland Stadium and Thompson-Boling Arena. Maybe it’s because if you say UT in Missouri the T has a 50/50 chance of being understood as Tennessee, some people will assume you mean Texas.

I was lucky enough to watch today’s game on CBS, most of the time the teams on TV here aren’t SEC. Sorry if it’s not SEC I’m not interested. The Big 12 conference just isn’t that interesting. Although Missouri did mange to beat Steve Spurrier’s Gamecocks in the Independence Bowl.

Thoughts on Tennessee, Missouri and the Ph.D

I got an email today that latest edition of the UT SIS Alumni Newsletter was online. It looks like SIS is finally getting some focus and direction thanks to the new director, Ed Cortez. The focus is pretty heavy on information science and technology, but they’ve still got some library focused items in the works too. Still, I’d like to be a fly on the wall at the faculty meetings. The faculty meetings I attended during 2004-2005 were very interesting. It was like nobody wanted to make any major decisions without a permanent director in place.

To be fair, the entire College of Communication and Information was in a bit of an upheaval during my time as a doctoral student and still doesn’t have a permenant dean yet. I picked a bad time to get a Ph.D I guess. My whole time there the Ph.D program was supposedly being revised. Believe me it needs it. The program is 87 hours semester hours, and 27 hours of that was a required core. Of course my primary concentration was information sciences and all of my master’s work counted toward that, so subtract 15 hours and you have 72 hours.

72 hours for Ph.D that was primarily communications stuff that I wasn’t that interested in and I didn’t have to and really couldn’t take that many more information science classes. Plus there was that nice involuntary break I took for a while. So I was looking for greener pastures when the Missouri opportunity appeared (see earlier post).

The SISLT Ph.D program is more library oriented and definately fits my interests better. The program is also shorter, 57 hours, and six of my UT credits will transfer, bringing me down to 51 hours. So I’ll still finish the degree here in about the same time a would have finished the UT degree had I not been forced into the extended vacation. So I haven’t lost that much time.

The program and the degree are good, even if I’m still a bit unsure about what to do with the degree once I have it. I do know that staying in Missouri isn’t an option. I would like mountains, hills and trees and more moderate weather. It’s 29 degrees now and this summer it was regularly over 95 degrees. Not exactly the climate I’m used to.

Stephanie and I really want to go back to Tennessee, or at least back to the area (North Carolina, Virginia etc.) so that may limit my teaching opportunities. And I’m not sure I like the odd and irregular schedule of a professor either. I’d greatly prefer the more regular schedule that working in a library would bring. Only time will tell.

With apologies to Louisiana

With all that Louisiana has been through lately they were probably the sentimental favorites to win this game. But after a loss to Florida, UT was hungry for a win. The first half of the game didn’t go well for UT, at halftime they were down 21 to 0. But after playing a spectacular second half, UT tied the score at 24. to send the game to overtime. LSU scored a field goal in overtime but UT answered back with a touchdown.

Final Score – UT 30, LSU 27

First day of teaching

Well, my first day of teaching is over. Considering that I haven’t taught anything in nearly a year and a half, I didn’t do too badly. I went much faster than I should have, but the first chapter was mostly fluff anyway. I’ll slow it down for Thursday. Maybe I’ll have fewer students Thursday, the room was a bit crowded today.

Speaking of teaching, check out Pretty interesting what students will say. Doug Burgess at ETSU was great when I was an undergrad and apparently still is. He’s the primary reason I was a history major, and one reason why I got a masters and am working on a Ph.D. He even has a cookbook.

There was only one professor from SIS that was rated. Hopefully if my students rate me here I’ll do better than that.