Is It Thanksgiving Yet?

9/14/2009 update: Pass me my crystal ball — I’ve been invited this afternoon to serve on the Student Learning Outcomes Sub-committee.

Original post below:

Week three has passed in the Fall semester, and I’m already feeling up-to-my-eyeballs in work.

And I’m not even talking about the seven sections of English that I’m teaching this semester.

Ever since I officially became permanent (that is, after signing my first three-year teaching contract after three years of one-year contracts — sort of a probationary period), other full-time faculty and the administration have, well, FOUND me.  I’m now on these campus-based committees that serve a very large institutional mission:

  1. Asian & Middle Eastern Studies Program Committee
  2. Common Book Program Committee (with me on two sub-committees: a) Instructional Resources and b) Staff Development)
  3. Division Advisory Committee for the Arts & Letters Magazine, Competition, and Festival Planning and Implementation

I’m still active as the Faculty Advisor for the English Honor Society.  However, it looks like my similar role for the Karate Club is gone since the Karate Club died over the summer, due to district Risk Management issues (i.e. “you mean students will get hurt and the karate teacher isn’t college faculty?  This won’t do!”).

Also, I wasn’t needed to serve as a faculty Mentor, although I was tapped to be one earlier last month. 

And, what with the college mandated to develop campus-wide Student Learning Outcomes, my department (i.e., the English Department) is meeting pretty regularly to develop the dang things.  I have a feeling I’m going to be volunteered to serve on one of these SLO Committees — if not sooner, then soonishly later.

But I’ve resisted the urge to volunteer for district-level committee stuff.  The Lizardqueen needs the mental and physical energy to 1) maintain her teaching, and 2) maintain her home life!  (And I also resisted the urge to apply for the Associate Dean position in my division, even though a veteran faculty member in my department really wished I did — as she told me over my morning office coffee run AFTER the application deadline was passed.)

Communty, institutional, and student service roles increase BIG TIME when you become permanent full-time faculty, as it turns out, because the Powers That Be find you and DROP on you — just like a Jagular… or a Heffalump.

All I can say are 1) I have no idea how the Hubby — with his nine? ten? committees and councils and such — does it, and 2) Thanksgiving can’t come fast enough.

Off to bed for me… and, if I have any energy, I’ll upload in a wee post later a few pictures of the birthday party for an old “classmate” of Daniel’s that he attended this afternoon.

To quote Tigger, “TTFN!”

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One Response to Is It Thanksgiving Yet?

  1. convivialdingo says:

    Hahaha… isn’t that how it goes? Expectations just seem to abound these days. Plus I’m sure the old-timers are happy to pass a little on to the new(ish) kids.

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