As I finish up the last batch of generally amazing student projects for my digital history course, the 2013-14 academic year comes to a close. And with it, my second year (ok, technically my second academic year rather than calendar year, but that’s how we think) on the tenure track here at the University of Waterloo.
It’s been a great year that crucially saw me falling into some good work cycles. The first year was quite a bit of a whirlwind as I learned new things constantly (from how to fill out a travel claim, to an expense report, to where you go when you need a key for the A/V podium, etc.). While I still feel like I darken our administrative coordinator’s door a wee bit too often with questions, and occasionally run into administrative snafus (did you know what the definition of ‘capital equipment’ is? I do now – don’t try to buy such things with your personal credit card…), for the most part the time has begun to whizz by as I fall into routines.
So in this post, I just want to reflect a bit on what’s working well, and what I want to work on a bit more.. Read more