Wednesday, September 24, 2008

[Facutly in] CHARGE

What is the role of "faculty in charge" in various activities happening in a college campus?

Administration allots every non-routine and many routine administrative work to faculty. It might be because they believe that their job ends once the work is allotted. Getting hold of someone responsible for not doing that work is as good as (or sometimes even better than) getting that work done.

All student activities need a faculty "advisor". It might be because, for the administration, it a priori fixes the scape goat if something goes wrong. For the students, it gives a liaison officer to the administration.

So being a teacher in a college campus, you never know where and when you will step on a charge. It's like walking on a charged mine field. If interested you can read about the charged mines that I have stepped on in my three and a half years as a teacher. In fact this blog post was triggered by the above.

There are positive, negative and neutral charges. A positive charge is a kind of charge that charges you up. A negative charge is one which does the opposite and a neutral charge is one which does neither.

Charges can come either as orders or as requests. The second is very difficult to refuse, but the first is impossible.

Some charges can be transmitted from one faculty to another. It can flow even against the existing field. The barrier potential is different for different faculty. Barrier potential is defined as the work required in bringing a unit charge from infinity to the person.

Charges can be transmitted over a wire, especially those terminated with RJ11 or RJ45 jacks.

Charges can be stored and sometimes storing the charge does increase the potential of the storer.

Charges are particles - they take up (your shelf) space and time. And they have a mass too.

Charges are waves - they cause interference patterns.

A moving charge can produce a magnetic field. You can observe it as deflections on a special type of compass called the head. The deflection due to the magnetic field is often perpendicular to the direction of motion of the charge.

Charges are mortal. After death, they go to reports and home pages.