I've been wondering how to affiliate myself for the next year. I keep saying that I am unaffiliated with any college, but that's not entirely true. Yet, to say that I am is also not entirely true; and I don't really know what the proper etiquette is in this situation.
On the one hand, I have severed affiliation with my former college, but have not yet truly assumed my affiliation with the new college. There is a contract, and there is as much of a guarantee as anyone can have for a job in a year. When I say I am "between jobs," I mean that I am literally between jobs and not, as is so often the case these days, unemployed.* The actual work, however, doesn't being for another year, so I don't feel I can say, "I work at Burned Over College," just yet. I feel that I would be reaping the privileges of that affiliation without actually having contributed to the institution.
On the other hand, although I am not yet working at the college, I might be insulting all of the people there who made that affiliation possible. For instance, what might they think if I, with a contract with the college, gave a paper at a conference this year -- as I will -- but didn't have "Burned Over College" next to my name -- especially if my paper is awesome (as I intend it shall be)?
I am trying to be polite and not overstep my bounds by not claiming something to which I don't yet feel entitled; but I might actually be behaving impolitely and stepping on toes by not claiming something that others expect me to claim. What is the proper protocol or etiquette in this sort of situation? Is there one?**
*In this case, "literally" actually does mean "literally" and not "metaphorically," at least in the temporal sense. I'm not certain what modifying word I would use for the geographic sense!
**After all, who has over a year between leaving one job and assuming another unless they are unemployed? We should all have these problems, right?