Actually, that's not a bad set of accomplishments for what amounts to two 1/2 days. But I already feel behind.
I need to...
- (Figure out how to) order a textbook for my class.
- Write a syllabus for said class.
- Find out what the requirements are for our PhD program, so that I can properly advise my student.
- Find out how to list a reading and conference type class.
- Start writing a grant proposal for the state -ology grant program. On what, I don't know...
- Finish the revisions on a paper.
- Study the benefits paperwork and get signed up.
Find out when my first paycheck is arriving.
- Get a parking permit.
- etc. etc.
A few observations:
- It's interesting that I only ran into one other faculty member during my time in the department. Either everyone's enjoying the last few weeks of summer, working at home, in the field, or just keeping their office doors closed. I sincerely hope it's the first or third options, because that's the sort of department that I want to be part of.
- Whenever I had a question or needed something, I was told to ask the associate chair, not the chair. I am starting to wonder whether the department functions like the current White House - ONLY in the respect that the real power lies not with the figurehead chair but with the behind the scenes mastermind.
- It sure is different being a faculty member. I needed to photocopy a chapter from a book, and rather than being told I needed to pay 10cents a page to use the office machine, the departmental staff offered to do it for me. I think I could enjoy this...