Archive for the 'academia' Category

One Down, Two to Go

Tuesday, December 18th, 2007

Gigantic class marking is finished and will be entered into the system tomorrow. The other two classes aren’t quite so challenging, although it will take me all day tomorrow and part of Thursday to complete the exams and tabulate marks in the not-quite-so-giant-sized class of 80-some. Even with Excel auto-calculation, it takes a while to […]

Still in Grading Jail

Monday, December 17th, 2007

Having marked over 110 essays, there are still nearly 200 finals and almost 80 essays remaining. And final grades to be tabulated (thank you, Excel, for making that one task a little bit easier).
All of this before the end of the week? Gah! No students, I’m not burned out on teaching, simply overburdened. I love […]

Fun With U Bookstores

Friday, December 14th, 2007

You know, I really don’t see what’s the point of submitting my book orders in October, then phoning in early December to confirm they have been ordered (since all aren’t showing on the shelves yet), only to get an email now noting that one of the books I’d specifically enquired about had, indeed!, not been […]

Look Behind the Curtain

Friday, December 7th, 2007

Admit it — you secretly harbour a belief that everyone else’s writing just flows perfectly while you’re the only one who stutters and suffers, trying to get a piece of writing whipped into shape. If you feel that way (and I know that I often do!), check out University Affairs. There’s a great short snippet […]

Eye of the Storm

Thursday, December 6th, 2007

Yesterday was the last day of classes. Tomorrow is the first day of exams. My biggest class writes their final in the first timeslot. And, no, there is NO WAY IN HELL that the more than 90 essays (handed in on Tuesday) will be marked for then.
There’s a special place in hell reserved for the […]

See You at Kalamazoo!

Tuesday, December 4th, 2007

I just received the letter accepting my paper proposal. Whee!
Kazoo: Bilbo’s, the book room, killer swans, too many concurrent sessions, fun parties and more medievalists than you can shake a stick at! What fun we’ll have!

(Pre)Modernity and Academe

Sunday, December 2nd, 2007

In between bouts of marking and writing, I’ve been keeping up with the recent wave of talks about tenure, commitments to departments by junior hires and the sense of modernity (or post-modernity) in academic work/life balance and would highlight some of the interesting discussion ongoing at Geeky Mom’s blog as well as Dr. Crazy’s excellent […]

Furlough’s End

Sunday, November 25th, 2007

While others enjoyed Thankgiving, it was a normal week’s end here at the Abode. I put aside my grading duties for the past four days to

take care of some medical issues in the family
play an evening of Everquest
shop for housewares (we have new dinner plates and wine glasses!)
spiffy up the abode
host some friends and their […]

Still in Jail

Tuesday, November 20th, 2007

Thanks to my awesome graduate student, marking has progressed on multiple fronts. I finished another stack of project proposals for one class and the quizzes for another while graduate student marked one more set of tutorials. Now if I can get a pile of tutorials in the first class along with the bibliographic essays from […]

Behind the Bars

Sunday, November 18th, 2007

Grading Jail is really, really boring. Except for the interest generated by student work (which has been generally of good quality, whew!).
It’s just the repetitive nature of it all that’s got me down — open another file, write in comments, record mark, repeat. *sigh*
That and this damnable lingering cold. It goes without saying that I’m […]