So, yesterday I got to send my twice yearly email in which I explain to the person who does the scheduling in the department that the days of the week on which I teach are not negotiable. Or, rather, if someone wants to change the days of the week on which I teach, then that’s fine, but then I am going to stop serving on the most stressful, most time-consuming university-wide and college-wide committees, which meet weekly on a particular day/time. A day/time that I would like to work with my teaching schedule and with my research obligations, as opposed to against those things. No, Colleague, I am not willing to be on campus five days per week when I am also
a) doing really crappy service (which, incidentally, no one else will do, and it was difficult for them even to find a temporary replacement for me during my sabbatical this semester).
b) teaching a night class.
c) teaching an online class.
d) teaching four preps.
No, Colleague, I will not take one for the team. If there is a problem with the schedule on the days of the week that I’ve requested for my teaching schedule, then that means that you will have to ask one or more of the people who do not do a, b, c, or d to change their schedules. I know. You think that I’m a real bitch for expecting you to earn the course releases that you get for doing the schedule. I know those other people are mean, and you don’t want to confront them. I understand that you’d rather get “nice” people like me to do what you want, than force the “mean” people to do something that they don’t want to do. Except, um, no. I say no. I’ve actually said no for four semesters. In a row. Perhaps you could make a note of it to yourself? Because seriously? If I need to explain this one more time, I might fucking lose my mind. Or slap you until you see that you need to stop asking me to change my schedule around to accommodate people who don’t fucking do as much as I fucking do. If those people want my schedule, then they can have my committee work. It’s really not that difficult.