Ok, here goes. Maybe the Cliffs Notes version will be enough. Oh, bullets. I love bullets.
- The 2007-2008 academic year was a tough one for me. I returned to my position as a full-time faculty member amid the whispering gossip of a small college. Students who were expecting the "easy" part-time faculty member were assigned me instead, and we were all resentful of the situation. Somehow I survived.
- The 2008-2009 academic year was basically Me Being Pregnant. I had a new Division Chair for a boss, someone I had supervised previously who actually respected me, and that made a huge difference. I was utterly elated every day since I woke up and whispered "I'm pregnant!" to myself before I got out of bed. I surved Daily Sickness (it was more than just the Morning - everyone said that meant I would be having a Girl) and heartburn (you've seen The Hair so just IMAGINE!).
- The 2009-2010 academic year was Me With A Wee One. I quit my job in June and got a new position at another community college very near my folks in July. I spent the year teaching courses and trying to adjust to (a) life as a new, single, working mother, and (b) a new job at a new place. Not to mention a move to my parents and then a move into a new house in the middle of all that.
The end of academic years always brings me to a sort of self-reflection. What did I accomplish, where am I, and where do I want to be? This year is no different. Add to that the new theme of "what kind of person so I want to be as a role model for my daughter" and there's alot to think about.
I have decided that I am interested in getting back into Academic Leadership. I am interested in once again making a difference, in making decisions that help students and programs to thrive and flourish, to provide opportunities to faculty and staff and students to make their programs the best they can be. In my planning for next year I have quite a bit of Professional Development planned. In fact, I may be starting a Master's Degree program (holy crap, what the hell am I doing, I have a ONE YEAR OLD).
So the DAY after we come back from vacation, I am attending a Conference for Women. There are two "Tracks" - they have two seminars scheduled for each of the time slots - so you pick one. Some of them are easy choices. But I'm stuck on two. And therefore need your help.
Choice One: Should I attend
How To Say The Right Thing In Tough Situations - tips and techniques for navigating delicate interactions like a pro
Conflict Management Skills Especially For Women - how to keep your cool, stand your ground, and positively resolve conflict
Choice Two: Should I attend
Presenting Yourself As A Woman Who Is Going Places - super strategies for presenting a powerful positive image
How To Keep Difficult People From Ruining Your Day - take charge of difficult situations and impossible people
The titles of the sessions I have already decided on are:
How To Communicate Like A Pro
A Brand-New You - Assertiveness Skills That Lead To Success
Learning To Lead
Alternatives I have considered - at the breakfast, I might try to link up with someone and see if they are attending the "other" session I am interested in. I can suggest we get together after and trade notes and perspectives.
I might also attend a "part" of both sessions. If I start in one, but it's not that good, I can skip to the other. But what if the first one is really good?
Ok, internets, I need your input!!!!!!