History Department Chair: Hi Kevin, it turns out that some major changes will be made to your teaching load this year. Instead of your usual 2 sections of APUS History, 2 sections of US History survey and one elective per semester we would like you to teach two sections of your electives each trimester. This means that you will teach 2 sections of Civil War History in the Fall, 2 sections of Civil War Memory in the Winter, and 2 sections of Race and Gender in the Spring. In exchange you will give up 1 section of your regular survey course. Do you have any problems with this arrangement?
Well, can you guess what I said in response to this? I'm off to my first back-to-school meeting with classes starting next Wednesday. Best of luck to my fellow teachers who are preparing their classrooms for a new year and trying to get back into the right frame of mind. Few professions allow you to start over fresh each year so take advantage of it. We've got the best jobs around.