Discussing her spring schedule over lunch in the faculty lounge, Professor Leslie Jenkins told her friends that she was considering dropping the course she’s teaching, “Environmental Culture and Social Principles in the 21st Century.”
“I dunno, I just have a really busy schedule this semester is all,” said Jenkins, who is currently scheduled to teach a total of nine credits. “I want to have long weekends, but Enviro has a subsection at 10AM on Friday!”
Jenkins also expressed concerns that the students in her class had given her a lot of work on the first day of class.
“I had to deal with three applications for disability resources after the first class, plus I had to email out a bunch of syllabi,” she said. “If it’s gonna be that much work all semester, I don’t know if I can take it. Plus I have to grade two exams and three papers.”
Jenkins’ coworkers agreed with her concerns, reportedly suggesting she drop the class and teach something easy in the U College instead.
“I taught glassblowing last semester and had a great time,” said Professor Taylor Whitney. “The kids were all super laid back and I took home some cool projects. It wasn’t even a problem that I’d never taught an art class.”
However, by the end of lunch the matter was still not settled. Jenkins elected to keep her options open, saying she might just teach the class pass-fail if she can’t decide by the add/drop date.