I've been participating in the CWID Advisory Committee which makes recommendations for changes to the first semester experience course at CWI, where I teach. Last Friday at the regular meeting I received a letter from the lead faculty expressing appreciation for my contributions.
I was totally not expecting to receive anything like this. While it doesn't help me pay any of my bills, it does help me to feel a bit more appreciated. I'm giving my employer leaps and bounds more labor than what I am being paid to provide, and this acknowledge of my service feels good to receive. Plus it's another brick in the wall of my career.
What exactly did I do? More than anything I present a different perspective. Most who serve on the committee come from the humanities and the social sciences. Someone like me coming from a physical science / engineering background provides a perspective that the others don't often see. And when it comes to making decisions about the direction the program should take, having more perspectives is often better than fewer.
I'm still serving on this committee and have no plans to quit while I continue to teach at CWI. As I'm thinking of going back to grad school, I might be teaching here for only one more year. That said, however long it happens to be, it's good to work with people who appreciate what you do and aren't shy about sharing it.
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