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08 March 2011 @ 12:36 pm
so, um  
My advisor emailed last night to say she didn't get granted tenure, which means that she's leaving the university at the end of this semester.  I have no idea what this means for me, who was being advised by her, especially since she's the only modern japanese lit person pretty much in the entire school.  There's one prof who does modern japanese cinema, and I'm sure he's got a lit background because he's also in the comp lit department, but he's also the head of the cinema school's crit studies program and already has a ton of students he advises (but it's him or the classical lit guy left, and i don't really want to work on ghosts/monsters in classical japanese lit as an alternative to the postmodern.)

i actually don't know if this means i'm totally screwed or just a little screwed.  i do know this is the woman i came to the university to work with... so that sucks.

which is sad because i was finally getting into a groove with school stuff the last couple of weeks and now it all just feels humped up and derailed like crazy.


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literate and stylish: rome hugmishloran on March 8th, 2011 05:39 pm (UTC)

Is there any chance she can advise you in a distance-advising kind of way, in the next uni she goes to? :(

Otherwise, Modern Japanese Cinema Guy sounds like the best plan. You're part way through your PHD now, right? So you shouldn't be let down, you're important! Damnit!

Mainly, I would say, don't panic like wot I wod do, but I suggest face-to-face meetings. Maybe you can come up with something.

Mostly. Mew!

my monkied brainkatekat1010 on March 8th, 2011 05:49 pm (UTC)
yeah, i'm two years in, so it's getting to be critical time for forming a diss committee (fun right?)

and you're right darling, meetings are already scheduled with cinema!prof and with departing!prof and i'll make one with classical!prof after I've talked to them both (and my advisor from my old uni, because I'm calling her tomorrow morning just to get outside perspective).

and yeah, trying not to panic. it goes in wavves, sadly. :( thanks for the hugs though!!
literate and stylish: smart is sexy! Indy!mishloran on March 8th, 2011 05:52 pm (UTC)
Sounds like you definitely have the situation in hand (it is out of your control, but it is in hand! You have a Plan, in those meetings! My fingers are crossed for you my dear.)

Damned right about the dissertation - you be strong and make sure that they know you are important. They do, and will, but just the same! Grr! Et cetera.

GOOD thinking with the outside perspective, too.

Also, I know the feeling about the waves-o-panic. *snuggles*
(no subject) - shehasathree on March 9th, 2011 04:01 am (UTC) (Expand)
seldomifeverseldomifever on March 8th, 2011 06:10 pm (UTC)
That's stinky. I'm so sorry. :(
my monkied brainkatekat1010 on March 9th, 2011 12:19 am (UTC)
thanks sweetie. i completely agree (for her mostly - it's gonna be weird to be sure)
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my monkied brainkatekat1010 on March 9th, 2011 12:20 am (UTC)
Thank you for the offer darling Glim! I may just do that after tomorrow's round of meetings (I'm talking to my old advisor in TX, the cinema!prof, and advisor!prof tomorrow at different times). It feels a little scary, you know?
savoy trufflesavoytruffle on March 8th, 2011 06:42 pm (UTC)
I'm really sorry to hear that. I hate when things get thrown into confusion. But I am sure that you will be able to figure out something in order to move forward.
my monkied brainkatekat1010 on March 9th, 2011 12:21 am (UTC)
Thanks lady. I didn't say it above, but I also feel like absolute shit for advisor!prof because she has been working her ass off and to have the university do this? Just not ok. I was definitely in panic stage this morning, and am hoping tomorrow (where i'm meeting with everyone i can) will help to figure out a way forward.
your royal pie-nessentrenous88 on March 8th, 2011 10:36 pm (UTC)
So sorry! Keep on with the people still there, make whatever ties you can, and keep in very close touch with your advisor. It may be that, wherever she goes, she might be able to finagle bringing in a few advisees with funding. But of course she'll need time to get her own situation together. Whatever happens, I wish you so much luck! *hugs*
my monkied brainkatekat1010 on March 9th, 2011 12:22 am (UTC)
Thank you sweetest lady. That's really good advice - it's frustrating because advisor!prof and I have had this relationship that was, just this semester, starting to feel more like a good working relationship where we actually were talking on the same plane you know? And we'll see about where she goes - I didn't say it above, but since last year when this started to be a possibility she's been talking about possibly leaving academia all together (which is understandable given how much they made her work for this job and how little she's getting for it). *hugs*
sahiya on March 9th, 2011 01:18 am (UTC)
Oh man, that sucks, for her and for you. The politics of tenure are something that scare the hell out of me.

I'm sure things will work out . . . but ouch. *hugs*