Where has the time gone? I started my job on July 1, and it is almost the end of August! The fresh crop of 1st year Pharmacy student’s were on campus last week for their orientation, and today classes started for everyone. Things are really jumping around here now. During the summer, I could keep my door open and not see a sole almost the entire day…now, if I want to get anything done, I have to keep my door closed because there is always someone in the hall outside my office. My first lecture is a next week, and I am still putting together the slides. I thought I was doing so well, but then I realized there is so much more I need to talk about!
The lectures that I am doing are part of a team taught course. This is great for me because I don’t have to worry about the syllabus (as I am not the course coordinator [CC for short]) nor do I have to worry about putting together the exams in their entirety. I just have my hand full of lectures and that is it, well that and a couple of exam questions that I send to the CC. While I am enjoying this lack of responsibility (so to speak), I feel as though I have to run everything that I talk about by the CC. He has told me numerous times that I don’t have to do this, but I keep having this feeling like I am still in graduate school and he has to approve everything that I say. He tells me to just give my lectures however I want to as long as I provide the students with the information that they need in order to be successful in their careers. I am hoping that this feeling will go away in due time, but for now it is really annoying.
I am sure that in the next couple of years I will get the pleasure of being a CC myself, and then I will get to enjoy all of the “perk” of being the one in charge, but for now I will just enjoy giving my lectures.
Stay tuned for more from A PhD’s Life.