NWU has hired someone to come give some talks to students and such about career preparation and stuffs. And that's fine.
That same information is pretty much already available here, though. The career services folks talk about this, and so do advisors (well, I do, anyway). But we're paying this other person to come and talk.
The thing is, the faculty member who has responsibility for making sure the visitor's time is occupied is a friend of mine, and asked if I would be willing to have the visitor come talk to one of my classes (a core majors class) about career preparation stuff. And so, I said yes. And then the idea of the visitor also coming to my senior class for a few minutes came up, and that seemed okay. Our seniors need to think about what comes next, for sure.
So the idea was that the person would come to the last 15 or so minutes of my core class, and then the first 15 or so minutes of my senior seminar.
You'll note the "was," right?
My friend (and I want to emphasize friend, because this is a super person in every way) emailed me saying that the visitor would be interested in sitting in on the classes and then talking to students at the end (the idea being, it seems, that the visitor would talk about the sorts of skills and such we're building in the career preparation stuffs).
So now I get to spend two and a half hours, at least half "on show."
This could be fine. The visitor may be really great, and my students might be really interested.
Or it could be a "trash the instructor" session. I don't think it will consciously be that, but I have a certain sense that someone who thinks they have so much to offer that they get paid to come around and talk about this stuff might feel that they need to make some points.
And then, of course, this is me doing a friend a favor to keep this visitor occupied because no one else jumped at the opportunity, and it's going to be cast by administrative types as: I'm a crappy teacher who wants someone to visit so that I don't have to teach, because my classes are empty crap (we all know administrators like that), and also going to be used to show how desperate we are for visitors like this so that we'll spend more of our money on visitors. And not on, you know, people who show up and work semester in and semester out.
I should have backed out, shouldn't I!