This semester I have four courses to teach. It is a relatively heavy workload but I am fine with that. I like teaching anyway. One of the courses is an MA course on Cyberculture studies which is very satisfying. In fact, all courses so far went well. On Mondays I start teaching at 9.30 am and goes until 16 pm. On Tuesday mornings I have a 1st year course. And on Friday evenings I have the MA course (from 7 pm to 10 pm!). In addition to this regular schedule, I have had a brief lecture on the state of Turkish media to a group of visiting French students on Tuesday noon. and on the same day afternoon I was a in a faculty meeting.
On Wednesday, I have had an all morning lecture on social media to a group of senior PR students and on Thursday afternoon I did the same for another audience (here is the info for the Thursday event).
On Friday morning, I talked about web censorship to a group of students who prepare a project on web censorship, then I was filmed for a career planning project and then I got the news:
I will not be appointed as an Assistant Professor before September. and even then there is no guarantees… Under normal conditions, since I am already a full timer lecturer position, this should just be a formality and I should have become an Assist. Prof. already. But things began to be not normal for me and this is another case. This is a major disappointment for me and I believe my days in Bilgi University are numbered. Not that I will be fired but this becomes an issue of pride. I will be looking for a move now and I feel so regret for the offers I had rejected last year… In the mean time, it is an irony: Just before I heard this disappointing news, I was talking to the interviewer that I was a lucky fellow because I work at a place I love and at a place to which I feel deep loyalty 🙂