The chair and the secretary worked a minor miracle. I’m not teaching an overload next year, at least the way the schedule stands. Sure, there’s the small disappointment of not having all the graduate courses mounted that I wanted to offer. Especially since next year marks the arrival of the double cohort (from Ontario’s elimination of grade thirteen four years ago) into the graduate pipeline. That said, we will have great professors in all the courses, even someone who’s excited about the graduate methodological seminar.
My only accomodation is that I’ll be teaching the second half of western civilization instead of the first. That’s because one of our North Americanists feels more capable of tackling the first half (to the French Revolution) than since 1789. And that’s hardly a problem, since I’ve taught this many times before. Considering that he’s doing us a great favour by teaching outside of his focus area, I don’t think that’s a problem at all. Plus, who doesn’t enjoy teaching Napoleon? Suffrage issues? World War II?
Best of all? I can teach the late medieval survey again. The students will flip! However, maybe that means I should go through my course material for that class, not having touched them in six years. . . . I’ll do that after Christmas!