As I set off on a new adventure, I’ve had several friends suggest I write a blog about my experiences. I have signed a 2-year contract to join the faculty of King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals. The University is located in the city of Dhahran (in the Eastern Province) in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. I’ll be joining the Department of Geosciences, which is part of the newly established College of Petroleum Engineering and Geosciences, which melds two long-existing departments under one new and exciting College administrative structure. Like at UT-Dallas and Colorado School of Mines, I’ll be a professor of geosciences, teaching, performing research, advising graduate students, and doing professional service.
I leave for KSA on Friday, January 20 2017. This blog is intended to be an account of my experiences and observations as I become an expat in a new country and culture. Bookmark my site, and come back periodically to see what I’ve been up to. I certainly plan on traveling to many “bucket-list” locations on that side of the world – I expect those trips will be featured prominently in this blog.