Oh, can I join in??? I rarely check in to MDC these days, so the universe must have been telling me to find you all today! I'm in my 6th year at a teaching intensive (and I do mean intensive) state university. I took a year off the tenure track when DD was born, so I will go up in the fall. I have a 4 course per semester teaching load, although I currently teach 3 per semester due to a grant that is slated to end this year. And I have had one 2% raise in the 5.5 years I've been on my job. Okay, I think I'll get straight to the writing projects rather than going down the slippery slope of describing work setting and spiraling into depression, LOL.
Projects for March: (can it really be March already? Small cheer for making it through February, my least favorite month!)
1. Prepare Talk for NARST (NARST): this will end up being part of a giganto paper I'm writing with 2 others; deadline to send stuff to discussant is 3/21
2. Full outline of tricky transitions paper (TT): this will be a single authored paper, and I want it out the door in May at the latest, parts are written but still have some analysis to do so it's a mess...
3. IRB protocol for learning progressions project (IRB): I hate counting this as writing, but it is words on a page and I must get it done this month
4. 5 page proposal for dean (LP): While I re-group and decide what next for an NSF CAREER proposal that wasn't funded, my dean has said he's going to help me look for foundation money. Don't know that I can count on much help despite the promise, but hey, I'm not going to ignore an offer of assistance. Especially from the person who will be reading my tenure file in a few months...
I really, really, want to add work on a new book proposal to this list, but I do believe that the 4 items above are more than enough for this month.
Tomorrow will be entirely taken up by a job candidate visit and grading the rest of the papers that I must return to students on Thursday. So I will count as a success doing 20 minutes of work on any of the above.
It feels good, and a bit overwhelming, to write this all down in one place!