Tracking down that answer.
January 28, 2011
It’s always interesting to try to pin down an answer to a question when you have incomplete information.
Example: You’re given names of three faculty members and asked when and what they taught. Hint: we think it was about 20 years ago.
Let’s see… We don’t have files by faculty names.
- College catalogs have the faculty listed.
- 20 years ago, let’s start with 1990 — nothing.
- Check catalogs going back 10 years at a time.
- Find one of the names in 1978. (20 years???)
- With each name there is a date for the year they started. Great, now go forward every year until they are no longer listed, then you know when they left.
The dates I came up with were 1967-79; 1961-66 and 1958-1965. Next problem, what courses did they teach?
- The courses are listed, but not the instructors.
- Check to see if there are any other faculty files anywhere.
- We have a some files described as “biographical information”.
- Find 2 names out of the 3.
- First has back type information only.
- Second…I can tell you what he was paid, when he asked to be excused from attending commencement. What’s this, a letter from the registrar telling him what rooms he was assigned for one semester, with the courses listed.
Well it’s better than nothing!