This is a quiet Spring Break week at Maricopa (faculty are off the whole week, staff work MOnday to Wednesday), and I am heaving a rock into the waters, sending some ripples out. Change is all around out there (including Arizona getting in some places, 4 feet of snow in one weekend) and I am ready for some myself.
After fourteen years of doing technology “stuff” here at Maricopa, I am making a break to run with a new pack… I have been offered (and accepted today) an excellent opportunity to join the New Media Consortium, where I will be something like “Director of Technology Resources and Member Services”. Whatever the title (like what does “Instructional technologist” really mean?, I’ll take something like “web geek”) , it is exciting to be joining a Great Organization doing Cool Stuff.
Oh, and I get to work from home.
This has not been easy in terms of leaving a place I know, people I know, and work I know. It is starting over in some ways. They took a heck of a chance 14 years ago hiring some geology grad student drop out who had some teaching experience, and technical expertise in HyperCard, FORTRAN, a little bit of 1980s internet, and a gold earring. I’ve grown and learned so much here and the list is endless of the people I ought to give credit to.
Anyhow, this is the day of making this news public. I will be at Maricopa through April 7, trying to wrap up as much as possible. I’m likely taking a full e-hiatus starting tomorrow, as I have a week of time scheduled to be off to run up and play in the snow, and I am planning on leaving the computers at home.
But the CogDog shall still Blog (one small reason to have my own domain, thanks Aud!) and the bite shall remain.
So to quote a writer more eloquent than I, “So long and thanks for all the fish”.