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Not in the classroom

31 January, 2005

What we do when we’re not in the classroom.

I thought I should give an explanation for my extended absence. Chaos reigns at my place of employment. After almost a year of fact-finding and discussion, our Faculty Senate decided to poll the faculty for a vote of no confidence in the present college president’s leadership. The whole thing is unpleasant, but I think ultimately necessary, because the president’s leadership is appalling at best. No people skills, a dictatorial manner that ignores procedure, implied threats to disband the Senate or its representative body — the usual suspects. That’s part of my committee assignment. I also was assigned to a contract-mandated committee that approves faculty development requests — huge amounts of work because the administration didn’t appoint its share of the members till January and we’ve met once, to find that there are about 50 applications waiting, some since June. Plus I’m on a really cool assessment committee, but that means working on an assessment project. And then there are the job applications. So I can’t blog more till I get on top of this stuff.


Well, as many of you know, I am currently filling in for a FT faculty member on an admin. assignment. We had hoped that he would be granted a long-deserved sabbatical and that I’d be able to continue on a PT contract as a safety net in case none of my applications pan out. Sadly, he is getting no sabbatical, something that is really incomprehensible to many of his colleagues. And that means I’ve got no safety net. So blogging may be a bit haphazard for a while more — job apps are even more important than they were yesterday.

6 Comments leave one →
  1. 1 February, 2005 6:34 am

    Sounds like a lot of commitee work for a temporary position. Are you getting help with the job applications?timna

  2. 1 February, 2005 5:21 pm

    What kind of help? I have people who are acting as referees …

  3. 1 February, 2005 7:05 pm

    Reference letters from your current colleagues? Correct me if I was wrong in understanding this was a temporary position.I’ve also got a few people who go over my letters/cv and who might know what the different places are like. Just general support, I guess.timna

  4. 1 February, 2005 10:00 pm

    Sounds like we’ll be reading about it in the Chronicle soon….

  5. 2 February, 2005 5:08 am

    Who knows? It may come to nothing. It’s only worth reporting when the vote is a clear majority, and the administration are doing their best to divide and conquer.

  6. 2 February, 2005 4:08 pm

    Good luck surviving it all! It sounds very unpleasant…here’s hoping that good triumphs in the end.

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