Comments on: So you think you had a bad semester? http://www.historiann.com/2008/12/20/so-you-think-you-had-a-bad-semester/ History and sexual politics, 1492 to the present Fri, 19 Sep 2014 13:41:03 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.2 By: Susan http://www.historiann.com/2008/12/20/so-you-think-you-had-a-bad-semester/comment-page-1/#comment-158171 Tue, 23 Dec 2008 15:40:25 +0000 http://www.historiann.com/?p=2430#comment-158171 When I made changes in the syllabus, I didn’t remember to make the changes everywhere. So I had one due date for a paper in the beginning of the syllabus, and another one in the schedule of classes.

I had to give credit to the students who paid attention only to the one at the front of the syllabus, in spite of my policies on late papers. And students who did not even read the syllabus (so didn’t have a good excuse) got a pass for slightly late papers. Sigh.
The perils of writing a syllabus at the last minute.

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By: Historiann http://www.historiann.com/2008/12/20/so-you-think-you-had-a-bad-semester/comment-page-1/#comment-157984 Tue, 23 Dec 2008 12:00:29 +0000 http://www.historiann.com/?p=2430#comment-157984 Oops! Good thing those course evals won’t be in your tenure file, Notorious…

Ann, I think Karma points do count in the long run, even if they can’t be calculated for your annual salary exercise. (Although I should think that doing 5 outside evaluations suggests that you’re clearly an expert in your field, and that many people are clamoring for your opinions, and that should count for something!)

In any case, we know that bad behavior is its own punishment, right?

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By: Notorious Ph.D. http://www.historiann.com/2008/12/20/so-you-think-you-had-a-bad-semester/comment-page-1/#comment-157778 Tue, 23 Dec 2008 05:31:52 +0000 http://www.historiann.com/?p=2430#comment-157778 I spent September working on tenure file & book MS, with the result that I was on autopilot for almost the whole semester. I barely kept my head above water, until the night before the final, when one of my students sent me an e-mail asking me for the topic for the take-home essay to submit the next day. I wrote him back a curt e-mail explaining that he must have confused the class with another, because there was no take-home essay.

Then I looked at the syllabus, and discovered that I had told them there that the comprehensive essay for the final would be a take-home… and that “I will announce the topic early in the semester.”

Crap.

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By: Ann Bartow http://www.historiann.com/2008/12/20/so-you-think-you-had-a-bad-semester/comment-page-1/#comment-157534 Tue, 23 Dec 2008 00:31:20 +0000 http://www.historiann.com/?p=2430#comment-157534 I spent too much time and energy dealing with the biggest jerk on what is generally a pretty collegial faculty. I failed to take the advice of one of my most astute mentors: “When he talks, watch his lips move and think about something else.”

Also I did five outside tenure reviews, all for fabulous faculty members at other law schools, which took up most of the time I should have been devoting to scholarship. Hopefully this gave me good karma points, because it sure didn’t do much for my cv.

And I’ve already screwed up next semester by agreeing to attend too many conferences, lured by the fact that the folks inviting me will cover my travel expenses. Since I have no travel money of my own, none, this made the invitations hard to turn down. But dang, too much of a good thing.

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By: Historiann http://www.historiann.com/2008/12/20/so-you-think-you-had-a-bad-semester/comment-page-1/#comment-157170 Mon, 22 Dec 2008 14:40:18 +0000 http://www.historiann.com/?p=2430#comment-157170 No, kidding!

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By: Jeremy Young http://www.historiann.com/2008/12/20/so-you-think-you-had-a-bad-semester/comment-page-1/#comment-157072 Mon, 22 Dec 2008 11:27:22 +0000 http://www.historiann.com/?p=2430#comment-157072 I had the same read as GayProf, until I realized, “Two freshmen?” Then I read it again.

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By: Indyanna http://www.historiann.com/2008/12/20/so-you-think-you-had-a-bad-semester/comment-page-1/#comment-156822 Sun, 21 Dec 2008 22:42:48 +0000 http://www.historiann.com/?p=2430#comment-156822 Yeah, alas, she eliminated herself from the grad pool. The case did seem to have guy-prints all over it, on its fact, based on our demographics at least, but in this instance it turned out to be otherwise.

I’m trying to parse the second sentence in the first bullet point above, to see if we can also get the confessor off the hook for leaving the essays at PGH, but having no luck. I wonder if they were student essays, or the confessor’s life product, about to be shipped off for one of those narcissistic collections, complete with the obligatory “new introduction?” [Not to say that some such collections are not powerful and valuable; they are...]

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By: GayProf http://www.historiann.com/2008/12/20/so-you-think-you-had-a-bad-semester/comment-page-1/#comment-156771 Sun, 21 Dec 2008 18:26:51 +0000 http://www.historiann.com/?p=2430#comment-156771 Thank the goddess. My eyes/brain didn’t register the punctuation, so I did read it as “Seriously — I slept with two freshman.” Silly, GayProf, always thinking the worst.

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By: Historiann http://www.historiann.com/2008/12/20/so-you-think-you-had-a-bad-semester/comment-page-1/#comment-156768 Sun, 21 Dec 2008 17:47:48 +0000 http://www.historiann.com/?p=2430#comment-156768 GayProf–I think the punctuation of “No, kidding” means in effect, “No, [I'm only] kidding,” not “No kidding!” as in, “Seriously! I did that!” Call in the Eats, Shoots, and Leaves lady for a consult!

koshem bos–did you answer those complaints, or do you just delete them? If only your students were more mindful of their performance in your classesds before their final grades were submitted…

Indyanna, that student of your should get a Darwin Award for eliminating himself from the grad school gene pool. Seriously.

And Deborah: if it weren’t for all-nighters (or 4 a.m. wakeup calls, in my case), most faculty would never get any research or writing done!

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By: Deborah http://www.historiann.com/2008/12/20/so-you-think-you-had-a-bad-semester/comment-page-1/#comment-156733 Sun, 21 Dec 2008 13:45:13 +0000 http://www.historiann.com/?p=2430#comment-156733 I proposed a paper to the major scholarly conference in my field, hoping that the pressure would keep me producing research despite my 12-credit teaching load, supervising, advising, organizing this damned conference etc, etc….and it didn’t. I wrote my paper in two all-nighters and feel like one of my undergrads who put off their work because they have ‘more important’ things to do. I also let my regular exercise schedule lapse and gained 15 pounds. In other semesters I’ve managed to keep a balance and save at least a bit of time for research and for taking care of myself. This semester, though, teaching and service just encroached on everything, and even though my classes were good that feels like it’s not going to be to my benefit in the long term.

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