I just finished reading through 18 IDPs, and I have got to say…
It never ceases to amaze me how much any one faculty member can do in the course of a semester. It never ceases to amaze me how much passion our faculty bring to their classrooms, their department, and their college. It never ceases to amaze me how much I can learn about our faculty (and from our faculty) by reading through IDPs–I consider myself lucky to have the opportunity to do so.
Sure, it takes time to thoughtfully, carefully read through an IDP, but it is time well spent. It reminds me of why I love this profession so much, while re-affirming that I am (we are) fortunate to have the type of position I (we) have. Don’t get me wrong, I know all faculty have worked hard to get their positions, and yes, I believe faculty should have predictable compensation advancements and the like (and I am thankful to the many people across the district that work so hard to correct those injustices), but I also know that I (we) can easily get caught up in the swamp of negatives. That is why I consider myself lucky to read IDPs; doing so pulls me out of the swamp.
If you are a PAR Mentor, I hope you find inspiration and positivity as you review the IDP(s) of your mentee(s). If you are a department chair, I hope you also find yourself being uplifted as you read about the work the Probationary Faculty in your department do. If you are Probationary Faculty working hard for your students, your department, your college, and yourself, I hope you are finding reward and growth in the challenges!
With six weeks to go before final drafts of IDPs are due,
I hope all involved keep doin’ work!
And…if you are not lucky enough to get to read IDPs as a mentor or department chair, please know you could volunteer for the PARc and read IDPs at the end of March (contact Doug Deiss if you are interested).