And it’s about her schedule! Read on:
So, yesterday I got to send my twice yearly email in which I explain to the person who does the scheduling in the department that the days of the week on which I teach are not negotiable. . . . No, Colleague, I am not willing to be on campus five days per week when I am also
a) doing really crappy service (which, incidentally, no one else will do, and it was difficult for them even to find a temporary replacement for me during my sabbatical this semester).
b) teaching a night class.
c) teaching an online class.
d) teaching four preps.
No, Colleague, I will not take one for the team. If there is a problem with the schedule on the days of the week that I’ve requested for my teaching schedule, then that means that you will have to ask one or more of the people who do not do a, b, c, or d to change their schedules. I know. You think that I’m a real b!tch for expecting you to earn the course releases that you get for doing the schedule. I know those other people are mean, and you don’t want to confront them. I understand that you’d rather get “nice” people like me to do what you want, than force the “mean” people to do something that they don’t want to do. Except, um, no. I say no. I’ve actually said no for four semesters. In a row. Perhaps you could make a note of it to yourself? Because seriously? If I need to explain this one more time, I might f^ck!ng lose my mind.
Could that really be an exact copy of the e-mail she sent? Awesome! As she explains in the comments below, “I think that’s what’s so frustrating: you can only explain the same thing so many different ways before you realize that the issue isn’t that you’re not being clear about your needs but rather that nobody actually cares about your needs.” Yep. Sometimes you just have to get up in someone’s grill and become one of those people who doesn’t get asked to change her schedule because you’re such a b!tch. A former department chair messed with my schedule once, threatening to put me on a four day a week teaching schedule, so I resigned. (Okay, that was kind of a coincidence. But she was asking for it.)
Here’s an idea: volunteer to be the scheduler next year, Dr. Crazy! You get a course release, you can schedule your courses first, and you can irritate this person by giving her 8 a.m. classes AND evening seminars. On the same days! And you can drop the other crappy service obligation. Win-win-win-win! Win!
And to all a good night.