Monday, October 14, 2013
Dr. Amelia Requests Less Makework.
Please think before you ask for professor recommendations for things. I understand that capability to do academic work without being a needy baby is important for students studying abroad. Maybe for students we send out on internships.
For being a campus tour guide? Joining a club or greek organization? Enrolling in a minor?
Not so much.
Your desire to make your processes feel "official," in fact, instead results in my having to haul out the records from Intro to Hamsters from last year and try to remember specific details for Minoring Marty and figure out why you need me to say something beyond the "He got a B+" that you can see on his records that will tell you that he would be good at a) talking to high school students and their families or b) holding something in a solo cup for 3 hours before the football game and still managing to not embarrass Kappa Oozma in the first half.
Students: A special message for you. I know those deadlines are sneaky little bastards. But if you really want to go study at the uni center in Singapore next Spring, don't be handing me papers on the day before the one day off we get in the Fall so I can "work on it over the break." And don't ask me to come in on that one day off to meet with you about your application. I don't yet have tenure, and my getting it hugely depends on your evaluations of me. So I'll do it, but you may find that the results are somewhat less positive than you think they should.