The Department of English Language Instructors (DELI)—that includes me and my colleagues—is opening a Language Centre which will provide English language resources for students, one-on-one tutors, plus group “tutorials” (lectures or workshops) on difficult topics. Why am I writing about this on my blog? Because the other DELIs have asked me to coordinate the Language Centre!
I am mainly in charge of coordinating the schedules of our student tutors, although it seems like I am getting more and more responsibility as the project steams ahead.
And I like that! I haven’t had the opportunity before to be in an administrative role for anything, and I am looking forward to this experience. Since the end of April, I have been on an organizing kick, thanks to some innate tendencies of mine, an influential friend with similar tendencies, and a website. I saw the effects of striving for organization in mind and physical space almost immediately, but they became very obvious when I was given the blank palette of a well-stocked office here at JLU. I had bookshelves, drawers, and desk space to work with, plus office supplies to my specifications. Even though I’ve only been here two months, I feel like my life is better managed because I know where things are, when I should be doing certain things, and I have the tools to do them.
So basically, I feel like I am in the right place in my life to coordinate the LC successfully, even with my teaching responsibilities and PhD research to manage. I look forward to being active in the formation of this project, since we are building it from the ground up. If any of you who worked in the Writing Center have any tips about scheduling, dealing with tutors, potential problems to look out for, things you wish you would have known, I welcome your advice! I’ve always loved that proverb: For lack of guidance a nation falls, but many advisers make victory sure. (Prov. 11:14)