In my 45+ years as a student, TA, faculty, and department chair, I’ve seen all variety of AA, from saint to spawn of Satan, and everything in between. For example, “Vera” was a motherly sort who handled all students and faculty issues with calm competence, and if a student had a financial or family crisis, they wound up at Vera’s house for dinner and comfort. “Eunice,” on the other hand, couldn’t care less about anyone: “You’ve confused me with someone who gives a shit,” was her inevitable response to any request that interrupted her romance novel.
I’ve worked with “Elaine,” a great AA who was so smart she became a CPA by taking courses part-time while running an entire department and being an uber-volunteer for community events. I’ve been burdened with “Marcy,” an AA so dim that we were forced to limit her work to collation, photocopying, and managing office supplies. Then there was “Clara,” who spent her entire workday managing her son’s hockey league and her daughter’s traveling soccer team.
So what about y’all? Any AA horror stories to share with us? Or an AA you want to beatify?
Just don’t use real names except for proposed saints.
(And go read Moo, even if you already have done so. It’s funnier the second time through.)
- Old Fart Prof