CCCC is over. APSCUF elections are over. Now we have just a few weeks left to the semester. The pile of things to grade is growing, of course, although now I have some time to devote to shrinking it. My classes are all in good shape in terms of tasks and assignments.
Not too long ago I wrote about the learning curve that newly-tenured faculty encounter. With another week or two of retrospect (hee hee), I’m starting to relearn a lesson I thought I’d learned well enough the first time. Given enough diligence and energy, work gets done when it needs to. It doesn’t always get done as well as it should; the processes aren’t always as efficient as they could be. Those refinements come with more time. But the work gets done.
Another lesson, which I believe in the abstract but am struggling to enact, is that integrating the work within some kind of vision helps to expedite and improve it. I certainly believe that working hard to help elect a new APSCUF president will improve conditions for students and faculty on all our campuses; if I didn’t believe that, I wouldn’t have done the work. Likewise, as I begin to pursue new research and writing that’s more labor-focused, I understand the implications of my union work in much more sophisticated terms. I will probably struggle forever with the administrative part of all this. Even as I’m writing now, as soon as I start to think about this I feel like I’m getting brain-blocked; it’s been that way for more than a decade now.
The work I do administering the gen-ed program must, as everything else job-related, be about students first. That means choosing textbooks, providing materials to instructors, doing/reporting observations, setting up workshops, etc has to maintain that focus.