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To Go Or Not To Go, Relocating For The Summer Is It Worth It?

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2001 Annual Conference


Albuquerque, New Mexico

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June 24, 2001

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June 24, 2001

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June 27, 2001



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6.1057.1 - 6.1057.4

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Janice Margle

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Session 3575


Relocating for the Summer - Is It Worth It?

Janice M. Margle

Engineering, Penn State Abington College Abington, Pennsylvania 19001


Shortly after beginning my teaching career, I had the opportunity to spend a summer conducting research at a government lab. It meant packing and relocating for three months. It was an interesting summer followed by a second summer that was equally interesting. I also spent several summers at a government lab where I did not relocate. It is the question of relocation, and whether it is worth it that is being addressed here. This paper provides a light-hearted, personal look at several issues one might encounter while balancing one’s personal and professional life during a summer-relocation. Each relocation brought with it different issues. The first summer I “went-off”…to do research. I was about to be granted tenure. Recently, when a leading computer manufacturer invited me to spend the summer at their facility, I again packed and relocated. This time the “summer foray” was for the purposes of answering questions such as, “Can I still do it, and do I still have what it takes?” What I learned and what I experienced is something that new ASEE educators may find helpful. I shall briefly cover issues from salary to taxes to the forwarding of mail. I shall cover professional issues as well as personal. There will also be a sprinkling of humor and listing of suggested resources. This is a paper written for the newcomer by someone who has “been there” and “done that.”

Types of Temporary Relocations

During my academic career, I have experienced four separate relocations: one long-term and three short-term. The long-term was a one-year sabbatical followed by a one-year leave of absence. The combination sabbatical/leave of absence, extending over two years, was with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) in Cleveland, Ohio. Geographically, the relocation was from Philadelphia to Cleveland. Proceedings of the 2001 American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference & Exposition Copyright 2001, American Society for Engineering Education

Margle, J. (2001, June), To Go Or Not To Go, Relocating For The Summer Is It Worth It? Paper presented at 2001 Annual Conference, Albuquerque, New Mexico.

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