The conference went well, thank you very much. Though with over 300 sessions in twelve slots, you won’t be surprised to learn that we didn’t have a big audience at our session. Their loss! The hotel was fine (too few elevators but that was more than compensated, in my opinion, by the enormous hotel room with a staggering view of the city). I had a grand time catching up with my family as well as checking out sessions, meeting up with colleagues and enjoying the book display.
Now I’m back in the swing of things at the department. Walked right into a vexing problem with some very minor curriculum revisions which were held up for so long getting to the third level of approval (departmental, divisional and, now, linguistic) that the last committee sent them back to the department to be resubmitted on the new template they adopted late in the fall. Which means adding
boilerplate meaningful details about learning objectives and learning outcomes as required in the new template. Which meant that I had to help out the two new faculty members with figuring out what was required because, if these revised forms are rejected, they will not be able to teach their new courses in the fall despite submitting them for approval back in October.
*sigh* Academia: how I love and hate you!