The first job candidate of the week made it in last night – we’ll see if he can fly out on schedule tomorrow evening. The problem with flying out of Rochester or Syracuse in the winter time isn’t ROC or SYR – they know how to deal with winter up here. It’s getting the equipment out of, say, Philadelphia, NYC, or Chicago during a big winter event. I’m so used to de-icing now that the extra 20 minutes on the ground after we pull away from the gate doesn’t even surprise me.
This was the first normal weekend of the semester. Last weekend was “first weekend,” so there wasn’t anything to grade. This weekend I graded most of a pile of homework, which doesn’t have to be returned until 1:55 tomorrow. The semester has well and truly begun.
The second of four candidates for a tenure track studio position is here today, and a lot of other departments are going through the same procedure (I walked past a restaurant the other night and saw two tables of colleagues with candidates).
I worry about this year’s hires – and about the due date next week for position requests for NEXT year’s searches.
See – we’re in the middle of a curriculum revision. But the HIRING procedure is pretending that nothing will change. Maybe nothing will – this has not been an inspiring process and there doesn’t seem to be much passion in the discussions. Still, it’s a mistake to recruit a couple of entering classes purely into departmental major and minor curricula and not use at least a year’s worth of hires to provide some ooomph for the next thing.
If I were provost I might have declared this a Two Year Position Only year and put a hold on next year’s requests, promising a round of position requests over the summer to meet whatever new needs show up in the curriculum we vote on in March.
But I’m not provost!
This was a rare TUESDAY start – and my classes are MWF. So today I mainly fiddled with syllabus decisions and getting all of my first year students into a fourth class (don’t let the perfect schedule be the enemy of the good!).
ARTH 101 tomorrow at 9:05!
I dislike grading exams more, but that doesn’t mean I enjoy MAKING them. Making a fair and balanced exam at the end of a semester with a PILE of reading and viewing is hard!
Is this a surprise to anyone? Doctorates up, career prospects not. Yeah, to the kind of people who send students to grad school.
Columbia University is going to allow law students to petition to postpone their exams if they are “sufficiently impaired” by their feelings about the recent grand jury decisions in racially charged cases. But it’s not.
I would think that students sufficiently involved in activism who are also attending law school out to be charged up with a passion to change things.
The last 2 readings in European Studies 101 make one of my favorite pairings – The Prince and The Tempest. They lead up to a great question for the final exam – would Machiavelli approve of Prospero? I sometimes get really great answers to that.
Everything speeds up as we get closer to the end!
. . . but after a service visit from the heating man we’re toasty at my building!
We’ve started the grind to the end of the semester. November is always like this. Back to grading!