I've had a cold for about two weeks now, it's all stuffy nose and coughing. Ugh. It's not as bad as the one earlier this academic year, that lasted until I took antibiotics (prescribed by a PA) after a couple of months of hacking.
But coughing gets very old, very fast.
I haven't practiced my violin for about three days. It feels like months. I keep coughing and sneezing, and it's really hard to play anything when I'm coughing and sneezing. I've also spent a whole lot of time trying to sleep, wishing I were asleep, and on the verge of sleep. It's hard to sleep when I'm coughing, and that makes me more tired, which makes me go to be earlier, and get more frustrated when I cough instead of sleeping. And it probably doesn't help much with getting better.
I had two pieces of good news this past week. One was the official notice about my sabbatical. The other was that the search I chaired has finalized a very good hire. I blogged a little about diversity issues in hiring here (Hiring Faculty of Color) and here (Diversity Statements) this fall. I'm very pleased with our hire, and so is pretty much everyone else who's talked to me about it. (I've been stopped in the halls, gotten emails, and such.)
But can I say, as someone who's in a department that teaches writing, and so, one would hope, is likely to attract people who've been trained in writing and stuffs: holy cow, some people in our field can't write their way out of a paper bag. It's not the majority, but there are definitely some.
Here's a hint: if the ad says that the ideal candidate will show evidence of X, then by golly, show us some evidence of X. If X is teaching excellence, talk convincingly about your teaching excellence, about the work you do to teach well, and so forth. If X is doing handstands, talk about doing handstands.
Can I also say, our HR department is a real mess right now with all the retirements and people leaving for better jobs. Their messiness added a lot of stress to certain people's lives in regards to the search.
I've had it up to here (hand at forehead) with colleagues who don't do some basic aspect of the job, but who expect the rest of us to fill them in. And when these same colleagues make snotty comments about the job we did in their absence, I don't want to hear them.
On the other hand, I'm going to Kalamazoo! When I started back to school to study English, one of my first teachers was a medievalist who talked about what a great conference Kalamazoo is, and for the first time, I'm going! And that teacher and I are going to be able to get together and catch up a bit, which will be splendid. She's one of the best teachers I had, and was always super encouraging to me.