I will be on leave with a Guggenheim fellowship from August 2011 to August 2012, working on my new book project. During this period I will be adopting the following policies to protect the research time with which I have been entrusted.
For students and colleagues here at Maryland:
- My commitment to current and former students or employees for whom I am or have been their primary adviser or supervisor continues, and I will be available to them for job-related letters of recommendation, reading work in progress, research consultations, and thesis defenses or exams. I will not, however, be able to take on new students during my fellowship year, neither graduate nor undergraduate. Nor will I be able to write letters of recommendation or offer consultations for students with whom I have not had a previous advising relationship.
- I will be keeping my time on campus to a minimum. Generally Tuesdays will be the best days to make an appointment.
- I will not be available for class visits or for hosting groups or classes at MITH.
- I will not be accepting new committee assignments.
- As of May 2011 I have concluded my term as director of the Digital Cultures and Creativity honors program. Hasan Elahi is the new director. Inquiries may be sent to dcc-honors at umd dot edu.
For the rest of the world:
- I will be keeping new travel and speaking commitments to a minimum. Please feel free to contact me with your invitation—I am always genuinely appreciative—but please understand if I ask you to keep me in mind for the future instead. The same goes for invitations to contribute chapters and essays. I will, of course, be honoring previously arranged commitments.
- I will not be taking on manuscript reviews or reports for presses and journals. (If you truly think I would have exceptional interest in a particular item you can try me.)
- I will not be available to write letters of support for grant applications and the like.
- I will not be taking on external project evaluations.
- I will not be taking on external tenure evaluations.
- I do anticipate teaching at Rare Book School in summer 2012, pending, of course, the needs of the RBS curriculum.
In short, for the next twelve months,
Give me, kind Heaven, a private [work]station,
A mind serene for contemplation!
Thank you in advance for your attention and understanding. (With apologies to John Gay.)