One academic year (2014) ended at the end of April, a second (2015) began a week or so later. I didn’t have a sense of a break between the two. For the last two years, our interrim department head has been doing end-of-year sessions with all faculty, which I’ve liked: a short but intensive leisurely chat, intended to reassure and give some sense of what one has done in a year, what one plans for the next year, and looking at what’s positive and only at what’s negative in terms of how it can be improved on, feasibly and realistically, in the coming year. I’ve actively enjoyed these meetings and felt them to be of great benefit. When I’ve worked outside academia I’ve had such meetings as a regular normal thing, as do most “outside” people I know. They give a sense of closure to the year, of a ritual patterning end that parallels the Grand Compulsory Meetings of the beginning of the year (that is, its main winter session) in September.
The end of the year also means submitting assorted paperwork. Many faculty in many institutions have to complete similar sorts of forms, with varying extents of administrativese. Some of my Annotated CV will look a bit different as I’m in the “Educational Leadership” faculty stream (a.k.a. teaching, rather than research). These forms should be FIPPA-able and open to public scrutiny, as my university is a public one. I’m attaching the PDF here (slightly redacted), because there is no reason not to and this is a public forum. Some of my salary comes from tax-payers, and they have a right to know how their money is being spent, and to know that I am grateful for it and regard their giving it not as a right but as a priviledge and a responsibility. I mean “priviledge” in its proper sense; not in the perverted sense of “entitlement.” “Entitled” is the exact opposite of what people in public service should be. (more…)