Y'all know that I got stuck with being dept. chair. Well, I've been busy all summer doing administrative stuff--hiring adjuncts, mostly, but also putting out little fires here and there. In case you didn't know it, we academics are first rate prima donnas, let me tell you <br><br>Anyway, one of the things I knew I had to do was to prepare documents to submit to the administration so that they'd agree to fill the tenure track position vacated by the man whose place as chair I'm taking. So I wrote up the document last month, gathered data, and did what I thought would be essential for the thing to go through. Well, last night I got the official application forms from the provost's secretary. The discursive part of the thing wasn't so bad to do--I just had to do some pruning of what I'd already written. But then came the Excel spreadsheet where I had to note down every single class that the dept. of English has given for the last five years, along with the number of students who'd taken it, and then do summations of students per course and an average per course over the five years, and a summation of students serviced (Lord I hate the language even!) by the department per year, distinguishing how many students took major courses and how many took general studies courses. And then predict how many students the new person would "service" over the next two years based on all those numbers. (Incidentally, the instructions were very clear that the prediction had to be completely based on the numbers, so that if we hope to hire a person who can attract more students, that can't even be stated )<br><br>Now, I'd already gotten all the data from the Registrar, last month. But the Registrar's Excel sheet and the application Excel sheet were formatted in entirely different ways. So I had to transfer, cell by cell, the numbers from the Registrar's sheet to the application sheet. The damned thing took me five hours to finish. And what makes it even more infuriating is that all this stuff is common knowledge--perhaps not down to the fact that the Fall sections of English 101 have an average of 13.62 students per section (I put down all the decimals to the hundredth just for the hell of it), but on a campus this size everyone knows everyone else's business pretty well.<br><br>So not just five hours, but five wasted hours.<br><br>edit: typo typo typo<br><br><P ID="edit"><FONT SIZE=-1><EM>Edited by yoyo52 on 08/19/04 00:53 AM (server time).</EM></FONT></P>
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All I can say is: yuck! Welcome to the world of bureaucracy.<br><br>I need to remember to never display any administrative skills. Give me a few classes and some committees and leave me alone. <br><br>
yuck. gotta love that bureaucracy stuff. i am hitting all sorts of complications as i ease into my new administrative role. and, i have quickly learned that i am not going to make everyone happy so there goes my 100% approval rating. <br><br>i am on an academic computing advisory board committee and we met earlier this week. the problem you've addressed is something that we had on our agenda -- getting the same forms used between and within departments for common processes. then again, we just strategized . . . other people will have to implement and that will be the sticking point, no doubt. in any regard, i think there's a rule written somewhere that says that things are not allowed to make sense.<br><br>tomorrow is our big all day back-to-school meeting. oh boy. oh boy. <br><br>"We actually misnamed the war on terror," he said. "It ought to be the Struggle Against Ideological Extremists Who Do Not Believe in Free Societies Who Happen to Use Terror as a Weapon to Try to Shake the Conscience of the Free World." -- Dubya
heh heh, i wrote my post without seeing yours. we have the same first two sentences. <br><br>i am with you as i'd much rather do my teaching and research and serve on a few committees and call it a career. i might go up for early tenure this year and i volunteered for my administrative position to help position myself as a team player. i am sure i'll wish i hadn't done this and had just waited until next year for tenure. oh well.<br><br>"We actually misnamed the war on terror," he said. "It ought to be the Struggle Against Ideological Extremists Who Do Not Believe in Free Societies Who Happen to Use Terror as a Weapon to Try to Shake the Conscience of the Free World." -- Dubya
<blockquote><font size=1>In reply to:</font><hr><p>i volunteered for my administrative position to help position myself as a team player<p><hr></blockquote><p>You may never be fully in charge of your yearly agenda but that tenure would be nice. It should give you the ability to say "no" every now and then. Right yoyo? <br><br>
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