Job hunting in Academia

After several productive and intellectual years as a graduate student in which I worked tirelessly on research, writing, and tinkering with the theory I am now ready for a job. Applying to academic positions feels a lot like being pricked by thousand little needles into your soul. A bit of light shines through those pinpricks bearing your greatest passion, dreams and hopes to total strangers. These committees basically read hundreds of applications who are also wrenching their hearts out only to have them trash 90% of those applicants and invite 1% for a campus interview for just one posotion. In light of such a minuscule chance, that I get a job I thought I’d offer up my future research goals since my soul is already crushed anyway.

Research accomplished during the last two years focused on social-cultural experiences of Iranian-Americans using socio-cultural-historical theory. Instruments such as these helped explain the way in which immigrants look at the world and contour their perceptions and their experiences within those distinct worlds. My case study involving Iranian immigrant families in the United States addressed those occurrences. The research showed that a complex web of factors continues to be at work in the shaping of the sociocultural dynamics of Iranian-Americas. By examining Persian culture and traditions, this approach shed new light on the cultural transformations and cultural preservations valued among the Iranian-American community and the second generation.

My future scholarship would seek to highlight the positive and continued movement of immigrants into the United States as a byproduct of the natural outcomes of the global world. By sharing the stories from immigrant communities and specifically from the second and third generation such scholarship can then develop a narrative out of the accumulation of beliefs, ideas, skills, and the relationships between successive generations. Furthermore, by establishing a cultural and conceptual framework, and articulating the diasporic hybrid identity with continued exploration using the funds of knowledge and identity approach and by investigating the social relationships of children and their interactions, learning environments, and engagements, these accumulated funds can add to a broader depth of knowledge on schooling, community, and society. This lens whose absorption of the familial, communal, and schooling funds of knowledge and identity reveal the ways generational immigrants adopt American cultural values yet evolve and transform the cultural process over time.

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