Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Why do I feel so busy right now?

Well, classes are over. What do I do with my time now?

I'm disappointed to say that a collaborative grant written across several institutions did not get funded, so I won't be doing research that is FUNDED for several months. Here's what I need to do this summer anyway:

1. Finish straggler grading from one course (there's a lot). I can NEVER seem to get my grades in on time. Notes here and here and here.

2. Work with a research student independently. This is the student that got sick during the semester and needed to take an incomplete in research. More here and here.

3. Miscellaneous meetings, such as mock interviews for people going on to professional and graduate schools.

4. Various and sundry trainings, such as how to set up an online course, the faculty staff retreat, other committees that continue to meet beyond the school year.

5. Set up my one course for the fall, and do a lot of prep for the adjuncts we will be bringing in to cover my maternity.

6. Prep all my courses for the Spring, as I will return to full time in January, with a 2 year old, a 4 month old and an absentee husband. I CAN NOT develop two new courses after August.

7. Write my paper from several years of undergrad-powered research. I must first solve a major issue (at bottom) before starting to write it.

8. Is there any chance I'll get a research grant written this summer? Egads, I doubt it.

9. The home needs some major projects too. At MINIMUM, we have to rearrange rooms upstairs to accommodate another little resident in the home. Ideally we need to finish (erm, hire someone to finish) the basement so we can have an extra bedroom.

1 comment:

  1. For some reason, it's relieving to know that everyone has millions plans for the summer. And, really, can I write submit two manuscript, a grant, going to conferences, prep for teaching, and take a vacation all in one summer????
    Good luck!