... darn it, Doom Days always makes me volunteer to do things.
This year I'm already on our common book committee. The Late Homecomer is an amazing book. The author is our writer in residence this year -- I've already seen her speak twice and both times were really amazing. Go here and here for videos of Kalia.
The common book committee is also the campus conference committee -- so I'll be doing that stuff as well. I don't know how much work either will be, but one of my pals is the chair of both and could use my help.
I also just volunteered to work on a project instigated by my college president. He's a very cool person who has a ton of teaching experience -- including teaching ethics :) -- so we get along. He's proposing developing a system by which faculty will perform advising -- and be paid extra to do so...
In the early 70s or so, our union chose an 8% pay raise, a 5/5 load and no advising duties over a 3% pay raise, a 4/4 load and no advising. We've been doing that ever since. I don't think it's a good idea for our students -- who needs a teaching-faculty advisor more than a community college student in 'I don't know what I want to do, so I'm just taking my generals' studies??
So, this morning, in a moment of weakness, I sent an e-mail to the folks organizing this little venture...
Maybe I need one of those programs that prevents drunken e-mails... but, mine needs to be set so that I can't send the e-mail before 7 AM :).