Phil Simon


Looking to Teach Somewhere Not Scorching This Summer

I would love to get out of the blistering heat for a few months.
Oct | 10 | 2017

Oct | 10 | 2017



March 9, 2018

March 9, 2018

I have committed to teaching at ASU for the second half of the summer of 2018. I’m interested in getting out of Phoenix for the summer of 2019, though.


April 9, 2019

April 9, 2019

I have committed to teaching an online course at ASU for the second half of the summer of 2019. I’m interested in getting out of Phoenix for the summer of 2020, though.

“It’s not the heat it’s the inhumanity.”

—Rush, “Ceiling Unlimited”

More than six years ago, I moved to Las Vegas from New Jersey. As I explain in this post, the move made sense for a number of reasons. During my five years in Sin City, I penned four books and worked as a full-time writer and public speaker. None of this would have been possible had I stayed in the Garden State. It was simply too expensive for me and I won’t live under constant financial duress.

I’ve endured six straight summers of increasing heat.

The most recent move to the Phoenix area has worked out well. I love my job as a college professor—so much so that I taught at ASU last summer. Doing so allowed me to kick the tires on Analytics: The Agile Way on a small group of ten students in my analytics class. Agile methods in action.

I’ve thought long and hard about what I’d like to do in the summer of 2018. I would very much like to teach, but I’d prefer to escape the brutal Arizona summer. Going back to my Vegas days, I’ve endured six straight summers of increasing heat. I didn’t even pick up my tennis racket for four months here. (How there are no indoor courts in the Phoenix area is beyond me, but I digress.) This leads me to the idea of reaching out to other colleges and  universities.

Good things came from my post announcing my desire to teach full-time at a proper university, so why not try a similar approach here?

Limitations and Preferences

I’m doing this above board. That is, I’ve already checked with the folks at the W. P. Carey School and ASU. (Better to ask for permission than forgiveness.) Here’s my list of limitations and preferences:

  • For-profit colleges and universities are off the table.
  • For obvious reasons, I don’t want to teach in another stifling climate.
  • I’m open to teaching an online course (as I have done several times already at ASU), but the goal is to escape Phoenix in July and August.
  • Ideally, my summer gig would be in the northeastern US. (I would like to be close to family and friends for a few months.)
  • I don’t expect to break the bank, but I don’t want to lose money on this gambit. As I know from my travels, living in San Francisco, Boston, and New York isn’t cheap.
  • It makes senses for me to teach an existing course—not develop a new one from scratch.
  • I’m open to teaching graduate and undergraduate students.

If nothing materializes for whatever reason, I might just grab an Airbnb somewhere interesting. I could see spending a chunk of next summer in Seattle or Portland.

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