Friday, May 30, 2014

"Add more sections" resolved and Advanced Course "stayin' alive"

In this previous post, I relayed a risk that my load might increase substantially due to over-enrollment in one of my courses. I'm relieved to say that we found a solution by what I'll call the "Stuff 'em in" plan, which relieved me from a potential additional 2.5 hours of contact time.

Moreover, I found out that my advanced specialty course was under-enrolled, and at risk of being cut by the dean. If I would have "lost" that course, there would be consequences.
  • My load would be lighter, and my pay less (good/ bad)
  • It is taught only once every two years, so some students would have really missed out.
  • I would be sad. I love this course. It makes me happy to teach it.
  • I keep it very current. I have been working on finding material for it all year, so that work would be for naught.
  • This is the course I would be hired to teach if I ever moved institutions. It's in my specialty. Having it worked out "perfectly" an running smoothly is a high priority.
  • This is the perfect year, as the national meeting in the field will be in town this year. I'm going to take the students to the meeting if approved...

It had 4 undergraduate students pre-enrolled in it, but the masters-level students have not enrolled yet. The problem was resolved by my adept chair asking the director of the master's program to foot part of the bill, assuming that some of the grad students will enroll.

Stayin Aliiiiiiiive, Yeah


  1. Congrats! I had a similar thing almost happen to me at my institution for this Fall. I'm glad it all resolved so quickly!

    Also you've been an inspiration to me as I am going on sabbatical next year. Hopefully I can be as productive as you were!

    1. Thanks for your comment. Have a super sabbatical, restful or productive.