- I am so unbelievably thrilled that I am NOT teaching my big freshmen class with multiple lab sections this semester! Hooray! Hallelujah! Woo hoo! It's such a treat to teach only classes that students are actually (at least somewhat) interested in. I also had crappy evaluations in that class last semester, so the break will give me a chance to get over the bitterness of that. (also remember this: that was my semester of three job interviews and two conferences and I tried to make the class more interactive and used a new book!)
- I am teaching two upper-level classes: one small (<10) and one medium (<30). They are both on subjects that interest me and I have taught both of them before. Did I mention that I am not missing those freshmen?
- I have TWO research projects getting underway- one is The Big Grant, the other is an internal project that I was asked to contribute to. I am supervising one grad assistant this semester and will have two in the spring. This is a first for me, as I've only had TAs in the past. Just yesterday, I realized how completely awesome it is to have a grad student doing a lot of the computer work that I would usually be doing myself. He does some work, checks in with questions, we resolve issues, he goes back and does some more. I hadn't considered what a huge time saver this is!
- I am going up for tenure! I should be saying "arrgghhhh!", right? As I mentioned in an earlier post, it's all done. My current accomplishments are what will be used to evaluate my performance, so all I can do now is wait. I shouldn't have anything to worry about, but I am not assuming anything or taking anything for granted. There is still a sense of relief that the frantic part is over, though.