Well, I’m sure glad that’s over with

September 4, 2007 at 8:50 pm | Posted in life, math | 4 Comments

I have submitted my application for reappointment. My initial appointment was for 2 years, and the next one is for 2 more years.

“But wait a minute,” you might be saying, “haven’t you been at your job for only a year?” Yes, that’s true. I have another year to go in my current contract. But the departmental committee takes the application for about a month, makes a recommendation to the chair, then he gets it for a few weeks, makes a recommendation to the Dean, he gets it for a few weeks, makes a recommendation to the provost, she gets it for a while, makes a recommendation to the President of the college, THEN he decides if I get 2 more years.

“But wait a minute,” you might be saying, “why do they all need so much time?” This application is not small, folks. This year, my application took up two 1 1/2 inch binders worth of material. It had some adminstrative paperwork, my reflections on the semesters and each class I taught in those semesters, evidence of scholarly activity and service to the department and the college, gobs of course materials, every student evaluation from every course, pages of statistics with circles and arrows … you get the picture. It was a lot. One of the tenured faculty members showed me one of his reappointment applications, and it was in a 2 inch binder, and it was stuffed. Mine was in two 1 1/2 inch binders, and they were just short of full. So it’s comparable.

So the departmental committee needs time to go through all that stuff and write a detailed recommendation on how this application has shown evidence of effectiveness in teaching, and so on and so forth. See, tenure is forever. So they take it seriously. I understand. That’s not to say it wasn’t a royal pain in the keyster, but I think having to read one of those applications might actually be more arduous.

Anyway, it’s done. It’s out of my hands. I submitted it on Monday by 5 p.m., and last night I caught up on sleep. Good thing, too, because I have a departmental committee meeting at 8:30 tomorrow morning.

Yes, the very same departmental committee that will be reviewing my application. The other new faculty member who started last year has his application in, too.

Guess what? Yes, he’s on the departmental committee, too.

Obviously, we won’t be reviewing our own applications — that’s not allowed. We could review each others’ applications, though. That’s been done before, actually, two faculty members were up for reappointment, one for his first reappointment, one for tenure. They were both on the departmental committee, and each participated in the review of the other’s application. They get along very well, and they’re both very professional. The whole department gets along, actually, and they’re all very professional.

However, my colleague and I will be excusing ourselves from the review of each other’s applications. He and I get along very well, but we’re both more comfortable this way.

Oh, another reason why they take so long is that, if they don’t reappoint me, I need time to find a job. And most of the deadlines for applications (~2 years ago when I was on the job market) was about December 15.

Guess when the President notifies facutly if they’ve been reappointed. That’s right, December 15. (*sigh*)

I like working here. And I don’t want to apply for jobs. I hope they reappoint me. Only about 100 days or so until I find out!


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  1. Good luck. I hope someone actually reads that massive application. It would be really aggravating to get re-appointed and later find out that you could’ve replaced most of the paperwork with blank sheets.

  2. Break a leg.

    Break a slide rule

    Break an algorithm.

  3. It sounds as if you have a very good shot at being reappointed. Your department sounds much less catty than most of the departments here at our U. Here, if you’re not part of the “in” crowd, you might as well not even bother submitting your reappointment review.

    Good luck!

  4. Thanks! It really is a good department. I think I’m getting it. I’m sure that come December I’ll be biting my nails. Nah, I’ll be too busy with my students’ final exams.

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