You know when you are on too many committees when, in the middle of the meeting of one of them, you turn to your immediate boss and ask, “Umm… just what sub-committee am I on, by the way?” — and you’ve been on aforementioned sub-committee on, oh, for the past two weeks… but you forgot.
That episode of forgetfulness happened about — oh — nine hours ago. My dean looked at me, as if wondering if I was kidding or not, and when she realized that I wasn’t, she reminded me that I was on the League for Innovation Student Lit Competition sub-committee (that, actually, I was the only member IN tha sub-committee), and I said, “Ohhhh… that.”
Just another reminder that the “I Am Sucking in the Balancing Act” that I mentioned in my October 6 blog entry is yea verily the truth.
Another reminder: One of my students last week, after a normal office visit going over her essay, turned to me with a different air about her and announced, “Now… let’s talk about your hair.”
I immediately burst out laughing because I knew what was coming: she’s a professional hair stylist in an upscale salon, and so I just KNEW that she would mention sometime this semester about the horrible state of my thin, limp, sloppily growing-out-of-a-haircut, hot mess of a hair.
“You never do anything with your hair,” she observed.
“That’s right — I never do. I’m just glad that it’s CLEAN.”
While my committee work is continuing — and will likely be permanent, or at least rather long term, as they are all planning committees for division and campus-wide programs and initiative — I can at least scratch one project off my To-Do list: the Common Book Discussion Panel that I’ve been planning since I was approved of Student Life funding this past summer. The approval came in June, I invited my panelists in August and have worked — in collaboration with a Student Life staff member — to organize the event since August, through early October, and we held our panel this past October 15 to a nearly full house.
I was trying hard not to show that I felt like a nervous wreck because I was moderating a panel of academics and administrators from local colleges and universities in front of 1) my college’s president, 2) two of my college’s vice-presidents, and 3) my dean.
The panel went well but — whew! — I am glad that VERY BIG ITEM on my to-do list is done. For I have — YAY — the SKD Literary Journal to put together and get published by the end of this month… which reminds me. I have to submit the new SKD Membership list to the national office in Alabama so that the new members can officially compete for the SKD scholarships and awards (deadline mid-November) AND plan the SKD New Members Induction Ceremony. Oh, and the SKD Better World’s Book Drive and and and…
Can I just say how quaint that many of my students think the only thing full-time faculty members do is TEACH?
Two things I can say about my job: 1) I am paid decently, and 2) I am never bored.
Now, if only I don’t embarrass myself in front of my dean again — at least, not for the next 24 hours or so. 🙂