Back on Saturday 7 July 2007 I got an e-mail from a student asking about what textbook would be used in PHYS-1130 for Fall 2007. This was the first official word I had that I had classes for the fall -- these things happen quite late in the year because the department can't write up a contract letter until they get budget clearance, and with the current state and university budgets, that was going to wait until the new fiscal year and other things.
So I checked the GoWMU website and found that indeed, I was listed as the instructor of record for the same two classes I had last fall -- the first and second semesters of the algebra-based College Physics courses, PHYS-1130 and -1150. That doesn't happen until things get official, so This Was Good.
So last Wednesday, when I came in for my once-a-week Summer II Session Office Hours, I checked and sure enough a contract letter was floating around getting signatures. Cool.
Monday 16 July 2007 I decided to be proactive and set up new webpages for PHYS-1130 (5) and PHYS-1150 (6) for Fall 2007 (the parenthetical numbers refer to how many times I've taught each class). Turns out, despite everything, I was actually three days earlier this year than for Fall 2006.
So I guess things are progressing on track.
And as promised, the contract letter was waiting for me when I got into the office today for this week's office hours. So I am signed, the two courses are almost full up and I look to be good for the Fall semester. Yay -- I'm a real person on campus again.
And we've dodged another bullet in terms of not having to move all the stuff out of my office, thus saving the world from certain disaster. See: "Boxes" by Dr. Philip Edward Kaldon in CrossTIME Anthology Vol. V. Santa Fe NM: CrossTIME, 2006. pp. 132-147. (September 2006) ISBN-13 978-1-890109-08-0. (GRIN)