Got an email begging for help from the new Fruit Studies director. They hired a lecturer soon after hiring me as a postdoc and I guess that person has just announced getting a full-time position somewhere else. Humph. Where's my 11th-hour tenure track job offer?
Anyway, this means the 5 classes that person was teaching are now in the lurch, and are packed to the gills. I've been asked to take on a 5th class, at a percentage rate of my current salary instead of a flat 500 or whatever, and the director swears that would be more money.
Hmph. I'm leaning towards taking it, just to be nice. But damn that's gonna be a lot of extra grading. It won't be any extra prep since they would hand me another section of the same Fruit Studies class (the introduction) and this is the one I have honed to a fine instrument of ... uh, frutification or whatever. Man, that metaphor fizzled out in the middle of the process.
And remember how I just went shopping and spent a lot of money I didn't have? Yeah, having some extra cash would be a big help. But that is going to make my 4-classes-intense-job-market-push-plus-research-and-revise-the-book fall schedule go up into the insane category. Damn. But on the other hand, I picked up the end of a crazy class situation last fall and survived --- and that included being completely unprepped, having people lose the graded materials and assignments, and coming in after at least four or five different subs who all promised totally different things for dealing with that prof's illness.
Maybe if I cut back on the number of little assignments for the class ... or the comp classes. But those are what whip the students into some semblance of shape! I wish I knew what was the bare number of homework assignments and in-class writing exercises that require the book I need to assign before these students get the idea they have to buy the book and actually bring it to class. Will ponder.
In other news, not only are all of the journals I thought of using word count limits of about 9,000 instead of 12,000 words, they all require MLA style, not Chicago. Grarh! I'll look around a bit more for other potential journals.