Several people have written to me recently, wanting to know whether I’m still teaching at BYU (or, in some cases, presuming — and lamenting — that I’m not). Others have inquired whether I’m still editor-in-chief of the Middle Eastern Texts Initiative.
Yes. I’m still teaching at BYU. Or, to be more precise, I’m still standing in front of students at BYU while talking, and am still receiving a paycheck for it. (Whether I’m actually teaching very effectively, if at all, is yet to be determined.)
And, yes, I’m still the editor-in-chief of the Middle Eastern Texts Initiative (METI), which I conceived and founded. How, exactly, that’s going to play out, however, remains to be seen. (METI is housed within the Maxwell Institute.) If I end up teaching a full course load and bearing the normal number of departmental assignments and the like — if, that is, my work with METI is limited to stolen personal moments at night and on weekends — my editorship of METI may come to be purely a nominal honor. I’m resisting that, but we shall see.