Thursday, May 18, 2006

Faux Productivity

  1. Helped a student file the paperwork to apply for a retroactive withdrawal. This is a relatively secret and non-publicized process (not in the student handbook, not in the undergraduate catalog, not on the registrar's web page), and most people believe that there is no such thing as a retroactive withdrawal.

  2. Started dealing with the most bizarre grade appeal yet (from Fall 2005). As the deadline has passed for such things, I'm not inclined to do anything about it. The student refuses to explain his case in writing or over email and wants to meet with me. I've already told him that it's too late for the appeal but that I can record his comments for the instructor's file. (We never do anything with the files.)

  3. Tried reading about somethingorother with the fractional ideals, the classical orders, some sort of domains, blah blah blah. Instead stumbled upon the web page with the minutes for all the meetings of the undergraduate council and spent three fascinated hours reading about changes in the catalog, the gen-eds, and the drop deadline. Ironically, the only thing keeping me out of administration is my weak research record.

  4. Talked to the topologist about quandles. Is it wrong to think about studying something just because it has such a goofy name?