Here in Korea, the new academic year has begun.
New beginnings ever turn my mind to their inevitable end. I guess that I'm just morbid ... but this time, I have sounder reasons for already allowing my thoughts to dwell upon this academic year's end.
Korea University apparently has a policy, formulated in a rule, stating that a foreign professor can renew a teaching contract no more than three times.
This being my third time, I guess that I'd better start looking for a new position.
I'd prefer to stay here at Korea University because the students are generally good, and the faculty includes some excellent scholars. Moreover, the university organizes a number of very interesting extracurricular programs every year, such as last year's Nobel Laureate Lecture Series. Long-time readers will recall that I attended every single lecture in that series and posted enthusiastic reports here.
But all good things must end, and the Gypsy begins to gaze toward new horizons...