In Australia, that supposedly relaxing ‘break’ between Autumn and Spring Semesters comes to an end this week. It’s Orientation week and Graduation Week here at Wollongong, and it’s busy. But what we’re seeing is nothing compared to next week, when the students will return in earnest.
Ros and I have been enjoying our ‘break’ by finishing up paperwork from last Semester and sorting out paperwork for next Semester. In addition, it’s a fun time of year for Early Career Researchers like our good selves, when we find ourselves bandying around acronyms like CASS, DECRA, ICFA, PCA/ACA, GANZA, and we add in a few actual words like Crawford and Probation for good measure. What all of these forms have in common is that just when you think you have them *nearly* filled out, you remember the question you’ve been avoiding all along: the one about about assessing things like the impact of your work.
Now, it occurs to me perhaps we are not the best placed people to do that. So if you have read Werewolves and Other Shapeshifters in Popular Culture, please consider reviewing it on Amazon or similar.
Other than having to read and write and think about myself, it’s been a pretty good week. I got to participate in a Welcome for Study Abroad students, of whom I’m particularly fond (I have done 3 short-term hostings, and once upon a time I was an exchange student myself). And I also had the opportunity to present on teaching students with Asperger’s Syndrome to my colleagues (again, a cohort of whom I am fond and with whom I share some traits 🙂 ). Working a little bit of werewolfery into the latter proved beyond me, but I did manage to use popular culture as a teaching tool. I love this, so I hope you’ll indulge a little non-shifty moment. Enjoy.