BFF’s–Blog Follower Friends (or anyone at any restaurant where I’ve eaten for the past two and a half months; or at the Post Office; or at Savannah’s coffee shops) know that on June 21, I retired from Georgia Southern University after teaching English there for twenty-four years. [First retirement post. Second retirement post. My final GSU Walking Tour.] And I had such a fun retiring summer! Sitting in my backyard, visiting a vineyard, embracing the Savannah Asian Festival, getting put in jail, exploring a fort, going to a Savannah Sand Gnats game, Tybee Island partying, etc.
But then summer started to come to an end, and (as all teachers know) the REAL new year started–the Academic Year. I grew a bit restless. And thought about getting a part-time job to keep me off the streets and such, but neither of my Top Five Prospective Second Careers panned out:
1. Tug Boat Operator.
2. Little Caesars Sign Dancer. I became interested in this one because the LCSDers at the corner of Montgomery Cross and Waters here in Savannah always seem SO enthusiastic. So I researched the job a little. Here’s the description and qualifications from the Little Caesars website:
“Get paid to dance and have FUN! Part-time Sign Dancer job available! Are you an outgoing energetic individual looking for work? Are you someone who can attract attention? Do you like having fun at work and staying positive?” So far, so good. Work SHOULD be fun! And I write a happiness blog! This job seemed right up my alley.
“If so, this is the job for you! We are looking for a part-time Sign Dancer who can hold a sign and have fun at the same time. We are not just looking for your average sign holder. We are looking for someone who can dance with a sign and attract attention.” Again, surely I could HOLD a sign and have fun in a non-average way.
- You must be very ENERGETIC and get people’s ATTENTION!!!
- You must be in decent health. You will be outside.
- You must be able to wave at passing cars while on duty. I’m friendly!
- You must be able to stand the entire shift. I’m a teacher. I stand all the time!
- You must have reliable transportation and arrive on time.
- You must be able to pass a drug test. What about Allegra or Tums?
- You must be at least 18 years old. I’m SO over 18! This job is MINE, I thought!
But alas, after hours practicing with a broom in the backyard, I came to find out that Little Caesars wants sign dancers who are not quite so OVER 18.
3. Quality Control Praline Taster at River Street Sweets. (Pure pralines, NOT turtles!) Jen, can you HELP ME OUT HERE??!!
4. Famous Italian singer.
5. Part-time CEO of Apple. Afterall, I HAVE read the Steve Jobs biography, I have an iPhone, and I realize that Jobs and I have a whole lot in common, well except for the LSD, and the no-deoderant issue, and the need for absolute control (okay, maybe we have that one a little bit in common).
Anyway, recently I started seeing all those pencils and notebooks and protractors (is there really such a need for those things nowadays?) and composition books (does anybody else out there like to smell, really smell, composition books?) at just about every store I entered. And, still frustrated and pouting with hurt feelings over the Little Caesars debacle, I decided to go to Craig’s List to see what kind of jobs were available. Bad idea. I won’t even begin to tell you what kinds of “job opportunities” I saw there. So after an hour and a half, I left that site.
Then, after Googling “part-time job” + “$250,000 per year” + “low-to-no work requirement” and only getting hits for “U.S. Vice President” and “Ostrich Feather Fanner for the Kardashians,” I got down to business and Googled “part-time job” + “Savannah” + “education,” and an adjunct position posting at SCAD came up. SCAD is the Savannah College of Art and Design, an incredibly beautiful and innovative art school scattered primarily throughout the historic district of my city. Thrilled, I looked into the requirements, and soon after was asked to come do a teaching demonstration.
Initially terrified that I COULD NOT TEACH ART (well, actually I can do some cool little foam-board pictures with macaroni, dried pinto beans, glitter and Elmer’s Glue), I stopped hyperventilating and realized I would be teaching composition (my old stomping ground). The demo and subsequent interview process went well, and they offered me the job! (I figure I can work in the macaroni pics eventually.)
Doing a tad of research about SCAD faculty, I discovered on the college website that SCAD faculty include:
- Emmy® Award winners
- Academy Award® winners
- Fulbright scholars
- Cannes Film Festival Jury Prize winner
- National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship recipient
- British Academy of Film and Television Arts Award nominee
- LEED-accredited professionals
- U.S. patent holders
- Scholars published in academic journals
- Best-selling authors
- AIGA Award winners
- Character animators for Beowulf, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone and The Chronicles of Narnia
- Illustrators for The New Yorker, Time, Disney and NASA
- Visual effects artists for Titanic and Jurassic Park
- Sequential artists for Dark Horse, DC Comics, Marvel, Cartoon Network and Warner Bros.
- Producer of Fried Green Tomatoes and The Breakfast Club
- Writer for The Cosby Show and As the World Turns
- Script Supervisor for Driving Miss Daisy
I felt a bit overwhelmed. But then I checked back a while later, and lo and behold, something about Yours Truly was added!
- Finalist, Eighth Grade Spelling Bee (perhaps would have gone further but spelled “Georgia” as “Jeorgia” due to nerves)
I am thrilled, THRILLED to be a part of the SCAD faculty on a part-time basis. I will be teaching international students English composition. I’m looking forward to this next phase of my teaching career and life.
Here’s the building where I teach:
It used to be the old Savannah jail.
I put retirement in jail.
11 thoughts on “SCAD-ing Outta Retirement”
Congratulations on the new position! SCAD is so incredibly lucky to have you! I have already missed seeing you around campus. I tried to go to your office to drop in the other day and then realized that you wouldn’t be there before I reached the door.
Member of your favorite class of all time (haha)
Jennifer! To this day I still sorely miss you and the rest of my FCOAT! I hope your fall semester is going extremely well. When you see the others FCOATers, tell them I said hello. We will have to have a reunion one of these days.
Jared and I have been reunited every semester ever since! Also, Luke is in my creative non-fiction class! We definitely need to schedule a reunion and if I’m ever down near SCAD I’ll search across campus for your office so I can visit!
Best wishes to you from a fellow part-time employed retired educator. It’s the best way to handle the work world! You are in good company at SCAD and they are blessed to have you.
Thanks so much, Deborah. You’re right. This is definitely the way to work!
You would make a WONDERFUL quality control praline taster at RSS. And for the record, shame on Little Caesars for passing up the likes of you as their enthusiastic dancer who knows how to wave a sign with some true ‘tude. In fact, maybe we can have you wave around some pralines and a giant candy sign out on the corner of Skidaway. That just may work. I will talk to the boss.
I am so glad I read this today – a dose of happiness was sorely needed. Thank you for the laughs, and a huge congratulations!!! – Jen
Jen! Thanks for your encouraging comment. And I like your RSS sign idea. Btw right now the way I get pralines is to go down to the river, walk into the store and get the free sample. Five minutes later, after putting on a fake mustache or a Sonny Bono-type wig, I go back through again. After six or seven disguises and accompanying praline pieces, I’m full as can be! DO NOT tell anyone my secret.
That is so exciting! I didn’t think you would be fully retired for long, you are too active and social for that 🙂
Ha! You were right.
I’m so glad to hear you’re back in the classroom, but I’m so, so jealous of the SCAD students and faculty that they get to have Neal Saye around!
Although I’m a little disappointed that you’re not operating a tug boat. You could’ve met Paula Dean’s husband! And my mother was named after a cartoon tug boat — no lie!
I really thought I would have made a good tug boat operator too. I’ve never been on one, but no big deal. And I want to hear about your mother’s tug boat name! Tell me/us.