I’m midway through the most stressful month of my academic career, so this is why I have been a little neglectful of the blog (though I’ve been on Facebook and Twitter plenty). I wish I could be as relaxed as Kipper, but in between teaching my classes (including a grad class and a team-taught course) I’m reorganizing the Women’s Studies program with a new name, new certificate and some events to get us back in the public eye.
Then there’s the whole tenure package: due October 1st, this includes all my evaluations from both faculty and students for my time at Saint Rose, my CV and a letter which explains why they should give me tenure and (in my case) promotion to Associate Professor. While much of the package is assembling things that I (hopefully) already have, that letter is a very difficult piece of writing that has to boil my twelve page CV down to the essentials for a committee of scholars who know nothing about the kind of work that I do and explain succinctly why it’s important and what I’ve accomplished and why they should value my work — without putting them to sleep with excessive length.
Easy, right? And if I fail — well, I’ll be looking for a new job.