Finishing my Evaluation Packet was much more work than I anticipated this week. Monday I was working on it until almost midnight and Tuesday I worked until 11:30pm. Wednesday and Thursday were easier. In fact, I was able to have all of the formatting and so forth completed for the Epilogue by yesterday so that I could set it to automatically post at 12:01am today.
The evaluation was a good experience and I learned a great deal while compiling the information. One thing that was especially insightful for me was being able to get a better sense of how I spend my day as a professor. Until I did the evaluation blog, I only had isolated events. I did not really appreciate how I was able to impact students’ lives because of the decisions I made concerning being accessible to them.
During the past couple of weeks with spring break and putting the final touches on the evaluation packet I have been out of my routine. Having the two dogs and two cats move into the house on Monday has also been upsetting my patterns. I am now terribly far behind in my reading. I might need to catch up on the reading using the same strategy I used in graduate school when I was 800 pages behind in my reading for one course—I decided that my life would be complete if I neglected to read Ulysses. I am not sure if my professor would have approved of my decision. But it did take the pressure off.
It is now time to get back into a more regular routine. I am not sure what that might entail; except for walking Trudy each evening after dinner.
This evening I attended the Part Time Faculty course selection meeting. In the history department meeting, I raised four points that I will be addressing with the department more formally in the coming weeks.
- Core Competencies Revisions
- Creating New Courses
- Creating One Credit Courses (Idea from LAND Conference)
- New Textbook Policy