Tuesday, February 13, 2007

persistence + kvetching + small dash PC = CHANGE IN ACADEME!

So I take my victories where I can get them. Here at Anonymous Big University (ABU) there is a group for new faculty members. All of the meetings thus far have been at one of the local bars. I'm all for tipping back a few with people who know who the hell Schutz is, but as a single mom that isn't going to happen for me too often. I mostly confine my beerfests to conferences, when I am not in charge of the kids.

So, every time I got an announcement, I gently mentioned that maybe something for those of us with kids, who might like to meet other academics with kids, might be good.

Fast forward six months. A new organizer for the group has just come in, and she and I are friendly. And: she sent out an inquiry email directly to the membership. Result? HUGE INTEREST in having family-friendly outings.

Yep. That's right. Being a pain in the ass? Has resulted in organizational change, even if not earthshattering, here at ABU.

8 comments:

Horace said...

Are we at the same university? 'cause this exact same thing just happened here at By-the-River U, and now I'm organizing the group. A small blogosphere after all perhaps...

Horace said...

Oh...Delete my comment if you think it compromises your anonymity...this one too...

Dr. O. said...

Hello Sir! I do believe we are at the same university! However, since you don't name it on your page, I don't see that my Secret Bat Identity is in that much jeopardy. Thank you btw for organizing things, I offered to our intrepid new leader who has just received the tiara to organize the parents group if no one else would but I did NOT want to.

See you soon, and it will be neat to meet you IRL. I have bookmarked your blog for as long as I have had this one, and I really enjoy your take on teaching.

Alexandre said...

Thing is, in many parts of the world, family-friendly and tasting quality beer aren't incompatible.
(I'm not yet a parent and I'm a homebrewer. I also care about informal gatherings among academics to be not only family-friendly but, in fact, community-friendly. Weren't we talking about we-ness?)

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