1) What should I do with the many projects that the kids create? All the things that are "special" to them? Right now, their dressers and lamp stands are covered with homemade projects and various treasures such as weather vanes, little books, bendaroos, painted wood crafts, geodes, plastic jewels, toy fish, bugs (real and fake), easter crafts, and other various art projects. I don't know how to deal with all of these "special" things.
2) I'm trying to decide whether or not to apply for a Student Learning Outcomes and Assessment Coordinator position at my college. I did not apply during the first go-around, at which time the college was offering 60% re-assigned time (for several reasons). But nobody stepped up for the position (except for one person, who just wasn't qualified), and they might put the job out again (internally) for two people at 30% each (instead of one person at 60%). There's one other faculty member who I would be willing to work with, and if he applies, I've thought of applying. It's a two year position. (If he doesn't apply, I probably won't either.) Here are the pros and cons as I see them:
- I'm going to be doing some of this kind of work any way, and with the position, I can at least get reassigned time for that work.
- Less grading (I can drop a class).
- A more flexible daily schedule (b/c of fewer classes).
- I'm one of the best people on campus for the position (based on experience and understanding), and, really, hardly anyone else is stepping up.
- I might be able to do something good for the college.
- The politics
- A less predictable schedule and workload
- More meetings (which I could, perhaps, split with the other person who is also at 30%)
- Less autonomy in my daily job
- Being accountable for something that could affect the college in big ways--accreditation, faculty mood--and having to report to the VP for Academic Affairs and the Faculty Senate.
Okay! Let the advice roll for items one and two.