Monday, April 15, 2013
And Now for the Group Sing: Department Meeting Early Thirsty
I used to roll my eyes at his chair-as-therapist stance until I got to my present (and hopefully not long-term) institution. The dept. meetings are infrequent but invariably torturous, as the chair has an agenda, written without input from anyone else, to which the meeting will adhere come hell or high water. Normally I would applaud such focus, and indeed I think it can be used constructively, but the chair mostly uses it to silence questions and criticisms, not to mention the fact that he rarely has a good idea of the things that the rest of us actually think NEED to be discussed. It doesn't help that we are a large, mixed-discipline department and that the faculty belonging to the largest subdivision - which has the lion's share of required classes - cannot be fully convinced that the rest of us actually exist and have our own needs. Everyone already knows I'm in the humanities, so I'll just say that this subdivision's discipline rhymes with "Frenglish."