Am I being a grouch for wondering why, exactly, I have to attend an entire week of orientation meetings at Regional U--the week before classes start?
I know that it's important to learn all the policies and meet the right point people and visit the library and the technology center and blah blah blah. . . but couldn't this be done in, say, two or three full days rather than five partial days?
Yes, I'm looking forward to meeting all the other new faculty from other departments and getting generally acclimated--but this schedule is ridiculous. Little is actually getting done each day, but what with to-ing and fro-ing and my commute, I'll wind up losing at least 5 hours each day that could better be spent on my syllabi and lesson plans and a few last, precious days of research.
Here, for example, are the activities planned for Friday:
1. coffee (30 min)
2. campus tour (1.5 hours)
3. library orientation (1.5 hours).
I have no interest in these activities. I mean, I've got a damn campus map, and I've already walked or driven most of it anyway. I already know 75% of what I need to know about the library, since I've been using it for the past two weeks.
I wonder--would I be a bad institutional citizen if I just skipped that day?