The official letter from the department requesting the formation of an ad hoc committee for my tenure review was sent in yesterday. This is the official start of the process– I’m still a little fuzzy on the timeline from here out, but by September, I’ll have to provide the committee with a huge amount of teaching and research material, and then there’s a long process of interviews with students and faculty, external review of my research, and a visit by someone who will be evaluating the lab that I’ve built.
This isn’t the main reason why I haven’t been blogging as much this week– that’s down to grading, lecture and problem writing, the exam we’re giving tonight, and some side effects of medication. My role in the process to this point has been fairly minimal– I gave our chairman copies of all the papers I’ve published, and a short statement describing my research activities, and they did the rest.
It’s certainly working to raise the ambient stress level, though. But we’re only aroud five or six on the dial at the moment, and these go to eleven.
Anyway, the fun has officially started. Consider this advance warning should I crack up completely in the next six months.