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Grading complete!

...thus officially ending my Spring 2010 semester! Just graded 78 final projects this week, plus a whole lotta late papers. Here was my semester's teaching load:

English Course
362: Foundations of Technical Writing
Lawrence Campus
362: Foundations of Technical Writing
Edwards Campus
562: Advanced Technical Writing
564: Advanced Technical Editing
563: Advanced Technical Editing II
507: Science, Technology, & Society:
Examining the Future Through a Science-Fiction Lens
506: Science Fiction
Two MA thesis committees

And other teaching-related stuff, of course, along with editing a magazine, building a website with exclusive content for said magazine, administrative work for the KUTC program and CSSF, reading for the Campbell Award jury, wrangling stories for the Sturgeon Award jury, and trying to finish my novel edits. Oh, and once in a while I tried to have a life. Ha!

Never again shall I undertake such a heavy load - the only reason I did it this semester was that I was concerned that budgetary issues might mean KU would cut my position. This concern turned out not to be unfounded; however, one has to schedule courses a year or so in advance, so... viola! Tons o' classes!

Summer, here I come! This summer, I only have the following responsibilities:

Hope your summer is a grand one.




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May. 21st, 2010 07:42 pm (UTC)
This explains why you haven't been around much. I'm envious of how many technical writing classes your university offers. Next year looks fun.


edit: So you and mckitterick are working together editing the magazine?

*FACEPALM* I'm so sorry. I glanced at the icon and thought you were tricstmr because he uses a similar icon sometimes and the post was exactly what I'd expect him to say.

Edited at 2010-05-21 07:49 pm (UTC)
May. 22nd, 2010 03:59 am (UTC)
Heh, I've noticed a few people using it. It's one of the most awesome icons out there.

And, yes, our school offers lots of awesome tech-writing stuff. In fact, I'm the one who created the program at KU! So I'm not biased or anything ;-)
May. 22nd, 2010 01:03 pm (UTC)
Pat yourself on the back for me. That is an accomplishment that I wish was mirrored here. One writing course is required as part of an undergrad engineering degree here but I don't think it's enough and convincing engineering students that it is not a waste of their time is difficult.

I also wish it was here so that I could take it. Technical writing is on the list of subjects I want to take classes in.
May. 21st, 2010 08:00 pm (UTC)
Never again shall I undertake such a heavy load

Maybe you should tattoo this on your arm or something.
May. 22nd, 2010 04:00 am (UTC)
Along with the many other things that are invisibly tattooed on my arm.
May. 21st, 2010 10:23 pm (UTC)
Speed kills, Chris. Just sayin'. ;-)
May. 22nd, 2010 04:00 am (UTC)
Hahahaha! Actually, I think it would have helped.
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May. 22nd, 2010 04:01 am (UTC)
I always look forward to summer! Now if only KU hadn't cut (most of) my summer salary this year....
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