Yesterday’s post would have made a half-decent Working Wednesday post, if I had been thinking of it. Unfortunately, I’m still kind of winging this whole blogging thing, so I didn’t think of it. I also still haven’t identified a good theme for Tuesdays, hmm…
But on to this week’s Working Wednesday. As you all know, I’ve been on my first summer vacation of the year, but tomorrow is June 1st and I have to go back to work.
At 7 am, there is a Chamber of Commerce breakfast. I’m not required to attend, but the campus is hosting it. I didn’t go last year, because Baby Girl was still pretty small and I couldn’t schedule her feedings around it. I could probably manage to go this year, but I haven’t been involved in any of the preparation because I’ve been on vacation, so I’m not sure I should show up. I did attend the first two years I worked at this campus though.
I don’t exactly feel like I’m shirking my duties – faculty are only “encouraged” to attend and I’ve only seen one of the others with any regularity. But it is a reminder that things have changed for me, and that is something that I am still dealing with.
Also on the agenda is 5 hours at work, working on my webinar that is coming up in the middle of the month. 5 hours is how long the library is open daily in the summer. I also have another project to work on – a presentation I’m giving at a conference. I’m going to need to make good use of my time at work to get them done, but the second half of the month will be focused on getting my tenure portfolio together.
For the uninitiated, tenure is given to faculty members to protect them from retribution for research that might be controversial. While most research in the library is probably as bland and banal as you can imagine, there can be controversy within the library, in the form of book challenges (which, yes, does happen at the university level) and general politicking.
To get that reward, I have to prove that I have followed the department’s guidelines for tenure and promotion. To get it early, I have to prove I’ve done more and better than my colleagues did at this stage.
It’s daunting, but I have excellent colleagues who have been guiding me and I know I’ll get tenure – even if it isn’t until next year.
I’m glad to get Baby Girl back on something approaching a schedule, too. We’ve gotten a bit off track with me home all day. We’ll see how well it sticks when I’m back on vacation in July.