So, I'm on this committee.
I joined because I thought the program was good, but needed a bit of revitalization. I thought the others on the committee felt the same and had some good ideas.
I was right about the others on the committee -- but, nothing is changing. This is kind of because of the chair.... S/he is of the 'this is what we've always done, so it should work again' -- I suspect s/he is getting some release time or something for doing this -- and most of the actual work gets farmed out to admin assistant folks -- so, the fact that this person gets release time kind of irks me.
This chair also seems to schedule meetings on the spur of the moment (like, a full week's notice is unusual) -- and they are usually at times that don't work -- but, he doesn't change them. Last fall I was in chemo every Friday -- and several other folks had regular conflicts as well -- but, meetings were almost always Friday, 2:15. We'd often get e-mails after the fact lamenting the lack of attendance at meetings...
This time I'm really kind of irked -- I this morning I sent out a message about Sara's memorial services... Sara was a prime student 'user' of this committee's function and MOST of the faculty on the committee influenced Sara... I jut got an email from hir, s/he scheduled a meeting for next Friday at 2:15 --- DURING her service. It's like s/he read my e-mail and said, 'that would be a good time to have a meeting'... grrrrrrrrr.
So -- is there any way to gracefully break up with this committee? Is the best way to just be passive aggressive about it and just stop coming to meetings? Should I tell hir that I have other priorities and that s/he should find another member to replace me? I'd be more worried about the latter if we still had the same dean... but, s/he doesn't have the special access to my new dean that s/he had to the prior dean.