I think I would be stressed enough about teaching this stuff even if it weren't for the personality conflict at play here. Thankfully, I am realizing that when I teach my college class, I will be the final arbiter of teaching decisions and I will not have 2+ science education experts breathing down my neck and critiquing my every word (or lack thereof).
Apparently, my decision not to send a hasty email back to the education PI (who actually isn't a PI) was the wrong one. Then she got steamed about my lack of response and has made some other hurtful comments about me....principally implying that my lack of teaching experience is a disaster. That leads me to two comments: The first is the perennial catch-22: how is one supposed to get experience if every job requires it? The second: I wasn't asked about my teaching experience when I was recruited. If it was such a major requirement, then the person who hired me should have bothered to ask.
Here's a snippet from the science PI to the ed non-PI re: my lack of response to the nasty email.
"I think the tone was so strong that it rather puts off a response. No response may *be* the response, although entirely unrelated to the content of the conversation which may get lost in the taken-abackness regarding the tone. See, an aggressive tone does not invite dialogue. It invites defensiveness. This is a hard lesson that I have learned over the past 20 years, that women (in particular) get shut down when I simply do my hardball Q&A that doesn't really reflect anything except my intense interest in the question at hand, but comes across as The Hostile Prosecutor."There are so many levels from which to look at this issue. For example, how different would our dynamics be if one of us were a man, instead of it all being between women?
Right now, I'm really deeply appreciating the science PI sticking up for me. We'll just have to see how the week goes. Keep me in your prayers.