After spending two months working with people in the administration and the support staff of every imaginable service on campus, going back to working with professors is downright painful.
I said many unfair things about college administrators and support staff over the years. I was an ignorant dick, and I’m sorry.
I’m starting to think that more and more administrators are needed because professors do less and less. I was in a really tough situation in the past week and it didn’t even occur to me to ask another professor for help. A million people helped me but they were all admin and support staff.
Here’s one example of what I find frustrating. We urgently need to change a course name at our department so that students can know what they are taking. The course is in Yoruba but the word appears nowhere in the course title or description. We made a collective decision to change that in 2016. This process is department initiated. Until we request the change, the administration can do nothing.
2016. Yoruba teachers keep complaining. Students keep getting confused. Nothing is getting done.