This semester, I must admit, has been my toughest since I started teaching. I remember feeling overwhelmed my first semester on the tenure track; that was primarily because I was starting more or less from scratch in terms of building all my classes, course materials, lectures, etc.
This fall was completely different. I managed to be doing all of the following this semester:
-Going up for tenure (which involves a lot of preparation of documents, writing the most important letter of my career (so far) to the university tenure committee (it turned into a 12-page magnum opus review of my career as a filmmaker and professor at Baylor); and various and sundry other tasks;
-finishing a major film project; you may have heard me mention a little film called Endings
? Yes, well, I'm still trying to wrap the thing up, but we worked on the final cut, the animated sequences, and sound editing and mixing all semester;
-taking over as Director of the Film & Digital Media division within the Department of Communication Studies. I thought this wouldn't be that difficult. Ha. It was more or less like starting a whole new job, with all the concomitant learning curves on new responsibilities;
-finishing the edit on a book project; I'm editing a book of critical essays about the British sci-fi show Doctor Who
So, yeah, this was a crazy-busy semester. It made teaching my classes an additional challenge, because I couldn't give them nearly as much time as I traditionally have. And if I've neglected my relationship with you, I apologize...
I'm glad the Christmas break has arrived so that my brain can get a little rest, though now I still have to finish the film and the book (they didn't get done before the holiday in spite of my attempts), and I have to make plans to travel to the Sundance Film Festival in January... the adventure continues...