I just turned in my 'book'. It is a 3-ring binder that contains all my course syllabi, grade distributions, student evaluations, publications and working papers. Over the next few weeks the 11 people in my department who have tenure will peruse it, then will cap off said perusals with a very closed-door, hush-hush, secret squirrel meeting to discuss those of us who do not have tenure. The tenured will then vote on whether they think us untenured are making satisfactory progress towards getting the tenure. Then, in a month or so, I will have a meeting with my department head and I will get the 'results'. Let me tell you, I so feel for those American Idol contestants...just TELL ME ALREADY.
So now I am a bit shakey and my insides are mush. You know what the fun part is? This is just the 'prelims'. I put together my 'book' for realz in September.
Now that I have turned it in, there is nothing left to do but wait. So, OrangeUGladys and I are about to head out to jog around campus and try to remember why I ever thought academia was a good idea.