Becoming a teacher!
For many years, I have aspired being a university teacher. I remember asking at different universities as early as ten years ago — But I didn’t have the needed papers. And yes, I have been a “Licenciado en Ingeniería en Software” for one year already.
Anyway, I won’t go into the details on why I didn’t do this earlier on. But this time, I did get my act together in time, and by mid October, I contacted Juan Carreón, an enthusiastic teacher I met a long time ago as he helped a lot for the formation and cohesion of the (now defunct?) LIDSOL group (Laboratorio de Investigación en Software Libre, Free Software Research Laboratory), a group of very worthy students, mostly from the Engineering careers.
Juan Carreón had long offered me help in getting to the right people in Facultad de Ingeniería as soon as I had my formal requirements ready. I just didn’t expect it to be so swift! Within two days of my initial mail, he contacted me back asking me to look at the subjects in Computing Engineering and choosing some I would be willing to teach — Yes, understanding that due to my time (as I’m already full-time employed in UNAM) would allow me to take only one group.
Rush of excitement, of course. I promptly looked at the program, and answered with a list of 12 subjects I would be confident to teach. Next day I was contacted by the Chief of Computing Engineering Department, offering me to dictate the Operating Systems course. A subject that has always motivated me, and towards which I feel confident. A fifth semester course (from 9 semesters in the career), with around 30 students in the classroom.
And I’m very happy with this! Yes, this will be my first formal university course experience (either as a student or a teacher), and I’m quite nervous on how this will turn out. But I’m already reading again my books on the subject, starting to structure a set of teaching notes, and… Lets see what comes next!
So, I will be teaching this course starting January 28, three times a week for 1.5hr, for a formal theric total of 72 hours. We shall see how this results six months from today! :-D
Anonymous 2012-12-02 03:56:00
Ya lo eras desde hacía mucho! Buen trabajo!
Anonymous 2013-01-03 15:23:42
Felicidades, que afortunados estudiantes!!!
Bob Proulx 2012-11-30 23:42:21
I am very happy for you. After having worked with you previously I am confident you will do great as a teacher.
gwolf 2012-12-04 19:50:13
Many many many thanks!
To all of you and your good wishes. I now have to make sure not to disappoint neither the students nor my friends who trust in me :)
Jimmy Kaplowitz 2012-12-02 15:32:32
I’m sure your passion will shine through. Operating systems is a fascinating subject. Enjoy the experience!
Julio 2012-11-30 15:34:37
Congratulations! :) be
be patient with your new students :P
kevix 2012-12-01 02:17:15
great to hear that you are doing something you have always wanted to do. I envy those students for getting such a dedicated person.
Lisandro Damián Nicanor Pérez Meyer 2012-12-06 06:21:48
\o/ ¡Bien ahí Gunnar! :-D
ponceano 2012-11-30 17:27:28
Felicidades a esos 30 estudiantes agraciados, ya sabes, el que enseña aprende. Saludos desde la costa Michoacana.
reg 2012-11-30 15:16:26
Ahora si podre decirte mi
Ahora si podre decirte mi amado profesor! ( aunque no seas mi profesor)
rjc 2012-12-01 00:13:41
I would be very interested to hear (read) about all the steps you had to take on your journey to become a university lecturer.
All the best.
Roadmaster 2012-12-03 12:30:49
Best of lucks! It would have kicked ass having someone like you as an operating systems professor back in the day. So today’s kids can count themselves lucky. Also glad to see that Carreón is still alive and kicking :)
Rommel S 2012-12-06 11:15:52
I’ve have no contact since i have left the University for working purposes. Too many things have changed in my structure as a professional: I have to embrace a broader view for technology than the one i was expecting to be specialized in (open source software). Even when I’m still an enthusiast and always proposing free software solutions, most of the time i have to deal with the closed one. I brought all of this, because it any of this couldn’t be possible if i didn’t took all the classes that my bachelors required with the set of teachers and professors that I’ve chose because I knew Those where the best.
I’m glad to hear that this story will keep and it is continuously repeating, ‘cause I know more than one will think and remember back at you with the same approach Im posting in here.
The best for you and your new come students ! :)
tiago vaz 2012-11-30 19:45:00
Congrats, i’m really happy…
…for your and for your future lucky students! All the best, I’m sure you’ll do great as a teacher.
toxickore 2013-01-29 09:47:12
Serás el profesor de SOs mas solicitado de la UNAM (y tal vez de México). Añeñe ve que si leí? xD
vicm3 2012-11-30 15:20:30
The list is shortening… well, at least of things I know you want to do, but I suspect also is increasing.
Anyway enjoy! Those are the best at teaching. Also as a well know book says in the cover “Don’t panic!”