LLU Live #21: What’s NOT in your job description?

This entry is part 21 of 25 in the series LLU Live

A couple of weeks ago a few intrepid souls joined us to talk about the tasks and responsibilities of a Language Center Director in 2014 (or whatever title your institution chooses to give that job).   I encourage you to take a look at the job description we  came up with.  ~~I’ll wait here until you get back.  ~~

Now comes the next question:  what are the tasks that you are sometimes asked to do that DON’T fall within your job description?  These can fall into several categories but two big ones spring to mind: stuff that should be done by someone else but that person has yet to be hired or stuff that interests you and you are able to do… but since it isn’t in your job description it can go unseen.

There are lots of different conversations that can spin off of this general topic but rather than spiraling into the less-than-productive vortex of “I do all of this work and nobody knows it!,” here is the general idea that I want to explore this Thursday at 4 p.m. EST:  As Center Directors we sometimes find ourselves at the intersections of lots of different ideas, projects, possibilities.  How do you explore  those opportunities (and, one would hope, grow and learn as a person and as professional)  and still get the student payroll done?   Given that we are all very talented people who sometimes don’t always get to show all of our talents via our job (see infographic above!) how do you nurture  your interests and skills alongside the more mundane everyday tasks  that ever job entails?

Spring is supposedly coming (as I write it is 50 degrees outside, but there is another huge snowstorm barreling our way) and with that comes the hope of renewal and regrowth.  In that context I ask: What’s not in your job description but does provide you with a way to grow and learn and stay happy as a person and as a professional?

Interested in joining in? Here is how!

Hope to see you  on  -> THURSDAY, MARCH 13th  AT 4PM EST <–

[Image Credit:  Jessica Hagy: https://medium.com/i-love-charts/278146ab07d9]


We had a great conversation… so terrific,  in fact it got its own blog post which you can read HERE  Leave us comments!!


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Barbara is a Lecturer in Hispanic Studies at a small liberal arts college in Maine. Rumor has it this was also her alma mater. She used to work for a small liberal arts college in the cornfields of Ohio for almost 20 years as a teacher and language center director. Prior to these adventures in higher ed she taught high school Spanish and loved it. She wishes she had more time in her life to play with her dogs, write, read, swim, do yoga things and making stuff out of clay. To see her online portfolio please click here!

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