The Cuts

As you’ve probably heard, the Faculty of Arts, like all other Faculties, has had to chop 2% from its budget. The Department of Psychology, which receives its operational funding from Arts (despite offering courses in both Arts and Science), has been directly affected by this AdPReP (Administrative Process Review Project).

It is with great sadness that I report two long-time administrative staff in the Department of Psychology general office have been laid off. Bev has been working in the office for 28 years, and Jan for 23. Their layoffs necessitated a reorganization, which prompted resignations from Kathy (an admin assistant for the past 29 years), Sharon (who has been coordinating research participation for 14 years), and my assistant, Chris, who has been bailing me out for 17 years.

These five ladies have made up the core of the Department’s administrative staff. They, and their collective knowledge, will be missed terribly. If there was anything anyone wanted to know about the Department, among the five of them, they knew. Where are the scantron sheets? When’s the deadline for submitting my indents? What was the name of that grad student who worked with Alan Kingstone in the mid-90’s?

Chris, in particular, has saved my backside more times than I can remember. See, I have this frequent habit of very carefully slamming my office door shut, thus safely locking my office keys inside. Chris has a spare that she’s loaned me so I can retrieve my keys and return them to her with a sheepish “thanks--again.” She’s always had all of my paperwork ready for me in advance, booked rooms for me, and even went to my class in 2004 to tell them I wouldn’t be coming, as I was still at the hospital after the birth of my first daughter.

I’m going to miss all of these great people. I want to thank Bev, Jan, Kathy, Sharon, and Chris for the years of hard work they’ve contributed to the Department of Psychology. And I would like to wish all of them the best in their future work and personal lives. I’m going to miss all of you.

My job (and that of others, too) is going to be a bit harder to do. If I’m a bit late to class, or arrive sweating, out of breath, and stressed out, you’ll know why. (Don’t ask me, “Did you lock your keys in your office again?” please.)

Why aren’t you studying?


Anonymous said...

That's very sad!!
...But as a student I'm glad they didn't cut you :) Best proff EVER!

Karsten A. Loepelmann said...

@Anonymous: Thanks for the kind words. I've got my fingers crossed that my contract will be extended...

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