Tuesday, October 09, 2012

Across Campus

I'm on a committee for the university, a small one, with a closely defined task.  It's a lot of work, but it's fascinating.  I don't often get to chat with people from really different areas about our common work, but we have a chance to do that in the context of our task, and it's quite an education.  Something I take for granted here in my department, in my college, someone in another department or another college thinks totally differently about.  Stuff they spend a lot of time thinking about, I may not.

It's fascinating.

It's also, I hear, sort of hard to get faculty to agree to do this extra task.  I mentioned that to my chair, since we were having lunch today, and zie said something along the lines of, well, it counts for service, right?  But I pointed out that it doesn't count for service in our department, since I'm still expected to carry my full department committee load.  (I didn't point out that I had tried to get out of some of my department load in a conversation with hir because of this, and zie had said "no.")

Still, at least it's a really interesting committee.

1 comment:

  1. "It counts as service."

    That, and two bucks, will get you a small cup of indifferent coffee. Am I right? You know that I am!

    I'm glad the committee has other rewards but I wish that administrators understood that it's a pretty big demand they lay on faculty and staff to do all of this other 'stuff'.