At the end of this semester I will no longer be Chair of the Messiah College History Department. After completing two 4-year terms I have decided to hang-up my administrative hat. I am not expecting to be a department chair ever again (although I guess one must never say “never” in academia), so this semester I am doing certain tasks for the final time. For example:
- I am about to finish preparing the teaching loads for the 2018-2019 academic year.
- I just presided over my last history faculty book discussion. I want to enjoy next January’s discussion without having to worry about whether or not the food gets there on time.
- I just finished writing my last hand-written note to a prospective student.
- Soon I will be working on departmental “assessment” for the last time. I never want to touch this again.
I am not sure what role I will play going forward at Messiah College. At small colleges like Messiah, administration is really the only way to advance one’s career within the institution. So I will return to life as an ordinary faculty member. I will be in the classroom a bit more and will have more time for thinking about my teaching and writing. We will see how it goes.