About Toddler on the Tenure Track

~5 weeks pregnant. Looking out over lake superior.

~5 weeks pregnant. Looking out over lake superior.

Toddler mama.
Assistant professor.
Planning, scheduling, and organizing enthusiast.
Join me (Jill), as I navigate the tenure track and toddler tantrums (they are no joke).


 
January 2017

January 2017

Someone once asked me what my superpower was. After I (internally) rolled my eyes 😄 I said, “getting things done…” I’m not sure if that was the answer they were expecting, but it is certainly the truth. If I say I’m going to do something, I follow through and do it. And not only do I get it done, but I’ve got a detailed plan, with the exact steps that will get me from start to finish and beyond... which is what this blog is all about: planning, scheduling, and organizing your academic life with young kids.

I started Toddler on the Tenure Track in December 2018 after the dust was finally settling from going through way too many life transitions at once! You can read more about why I started Toddler on the Tenure Track in my very first blog post. In August 2019 I added plan(it)* to the mix, because, a) I love planning and b) it’s so much fun to support other people in their quest to find a planning process that works for them. What’s next? I’ve been kicking around the idea of offering one-on-one planning support. If you’re interested in either of these things, get on the mailing list and we can keep in touch. Or send me a note through the contact page.

At some point in 1984 or 1985… gotta love the carpeted bathroom

At some point in 1984 or 1985… gotta love the carpeted bathroom

Want to know more about me?! Here’s the abbreviated version of the life and times of Jill Hoffman, PhD.

I was born in the mid-80s to an interracial couple (I’m black and white) who were both government lawyers in D.C. While I went back and forth on what my future career might be… paleontologist? vet? doctor? I knew from an early age that lawyer was not on my short list of careers.

 
October 2011

October 2011

Fast forward to the late 2000s when I graduated from Temple’s MSW program and joined the workforce in Philadelphia. After about 2.5 years in a job that I was less than thrilled about I started searching for other opportunities. All of the things that seemed interesting required a PhD… so I decided that would be my next step. After 3 years on the job, and meeting my now-husband, Mike, I headed back to school to get my PhD in social work at Ohio State. Mike and I packed up the car and our cat and moved one state over, to Columbus, OH where we lived for 5 years.

During year 5 in Ohio, we welcomed our daughter, Ellie, into the world. She arrived 6 weeks before I defended my dissertation and 4 months before my first day on the tenure track (you can read a bit more about that here). After graduation we packed up the car once again, now with two cats and one kid, and moved 2,000+ miles west to Portland, OR (which you can read more about here). We arrived in Portland on September 1, 2016 and I started my tenure track position two weeks later. 

 
September 2016 - Ellie is clearly not impressed by my new job

September 2016 - Ellie is clearly not impressed by my new job

 

As I’m writing this (during fall 2019), I’m currently in year 4 on the tenure track. I’ve got two years to go until I officially submit my tenure materials! Stay tuned to see how it goes!