It's been a short week, thanks to the Labor Day holiday on Monday. But it feels like a long one.
New problems have popped up. For example, we teach a themed course here, and one of the instructors chose the theme of food. Great. Interesting. Important. But one of the students has recently been diagnosed with an eating disorder, and the readings are just wrong for them. So they needed to transfer. Fortunately, the instructor handled the problem with grace, and the student was able to change sections, and did so with apparent grace, and things worked out well. (I only learned about it because the instructor wasn't quite sure what to do, and then before I had time to do more than begin inquiring and trying to figure out, the student had found another section.)
Other things haven't been so easy. But I'm happy to say that I think I feel more comfortable in my role as chair this fall than last fall. Partly that's because I've had a year to learn the job. And partly that's because we've all gotten a bit better at thinking through Covid stuffs.
The theme of the week is that I'd really like people to come to me with problems or questions early rather than late. If there aren't file folders in the workroom, then being upset isn't really necessary. A quick question to me, and I'll ask the department assistant, and they'll happily order them, and within a week or so, the file folders will be there. If we missed ordering them, it wasn't because we were being mean, but because so few paper supplies were used last year that we haven't been checking things and need to get back in the habit. And so forth.
The lesson of the week is to try to get a bigger picture of things, and to respect processes, and to delegate. And then take good notes for myself!
A friend invited me for dinner last night, and it was just so good to go chat about other things, and relax, and so on. I could feel the stress falling away. Thank dog for friends!