It’s hard to believe that another fall semester is just weeks away. Can someone please tell me what happened to the spring? The last several months have passed so quickly. I digress (yet again). Each year I set new professional goals for myself because I believe this is key to growing as an educator. If I want to be a different person at the end of the year, then I have to push myself on multiple levels. That is part of the reason why I applied to be the interim chair of my department at the college. The following is a list of what I’d like to accomplish by May of 2018:
- Learn, and successfully handle, all of the responsibilities that accompany the chair position (e.g. hire and manage adjunct instructors);*
- Revise or totally rewrite multiple presentations for Federal Government;
- Write new presentations for Texas Government;*
- Create videos for my classes that explain different assignments;
- Add new supplemental readings (i.e. excerpts) to my courses (e.g. The Power Paradox: How We Gain and Lose Influence, The Latina Advantage: Gender, Race, and Political Success) for our seminar style in-class discussions;*
- Meet with a half dozen or more of my colleagues individually to discuss the connection between their teaching philosophy and the methods they utilize in the classroom;*
- Complete a “10 Article Challenge” where a colleague from my department and I read and discuss ten studies from our discipline or a related social science field;*
- Teach one section of Federal Government online;
- Complete a couple of continuing education courses: “Writing Effective Grant Proposals” through the University of Houston and “City in a City: Community Identity and Houston’s Sprawl” at Rice University;*
- Deliver a workshop entitled, “Building Social Capital Through Inclusivity: Reconstructing the Classroom’s Racialized Space,” for the college’s Teaching and Learning Center;*
- Host two separate events, i.e. guest speakers, for the Center for Civic Engagement;*
- Submit a manuscript for publication in a peer reviewed journal.
Anyone who knows me well knows that I’m a planner and that I can’t remain idle for long. Call it all a byproduct of being high-strung. No apologies. There’s. Little. Slowing. Down. Now, yes, sometimes you need to ease up so that you can appreciate the moment. I’ve gotten better with enjoying the company of others and absorbing as much as possible from experiences. That said, I believe that we choose our fate – that we each have agency to make use of in this life. Furthermore, I’m conscious of the fact that the time is passing. Here I encourage you to make the most of yours.
*Indicates that the goal will be addressed this fall. Click here for image source.