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Never piss off the secretary December 23, 2012

Posted by mareserinitatis in teaching.
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After re-reading what I wrote in my last post, I realize that I sounded rather smug.  That really wasn’t what I was going for, so I’m going to elaborate.

I try to work well with the staff and faculty when I’m teaching, and I try to make sure that I’m available to my students if I need help.  I had a lot of profs like that when I was in undergrad, and I try to emulate them.  I also had other profs who weren’t so conscientious (and a few who obviously didn’t care at all), and I really don’t want to be like that.  I am hoping, given the comment by the secretary, I’m doing a decent job of working with people, students included.

Also, that secretary keeps a bat behind her desk.  I really don’t want her to use it on me…even if it is inflatable.

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1. zenandjuniorhigh - December 24, 2012

I try real hard to work with our secretarial staff. Helps that they’re awesome, but on those days when everyone is a little crazy, I try to remember how much is being asked of them by admin, how little help they often get, and how much less job security they have. Secretaries don’t have tenure.

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mareserinitatis - December 24, 2012

Yeah, given there are two staff who handle about 20 profs and nearly 500 students, it’s really important to not ask too much. They have a lot on their plate already. It always surprises me how accommodating they are when I need help.

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