And I am so not into drama.
The coordinator confronted me when I arrived to teach my in-person class today, first “reassuring” me that she didn’t expect the accessibility work to be major, but then, when I told her I really needed to know how much it would be, & I might not be able to do it, saying, “You signed the agreement that included the ADA stipulation.”
“But I didn’t know what that involved; I assumed it would be minimal since no real information was given.”
“You didn’t ask. You should have asked.”
“I didn’t know to ask. Now I may have to withdraw from the agreement altogether if this proves to be a large amount of work.”
“I don’t appreciate your use of threats.”
“It’s not a threat. I’m just very concerned.”
“This is very unprofessional. You will have to tell me by Monday whether you’re in or you’re out.”
Was I being threatening & unprofessional? I don’t think so. And note, I used no words that cast personal aspersions. Like I say, I’m not into drama.
There was more preceding this; I’m keeping it short. Now I had to hurry off because I was late to class. With my students I gave no hint. We had an excellent day of instruction.
At some point in the late morning, I checked my work e-mail & there was a message from the coordinator. She had talked to her associate dean about our conversation, & he & she are now arranging a meeting with someone from the center for disability services. To find out exactly what will be required for compliance in the online curriculum for their various courses.
I replied with thanks, saying that would be helpful.
Don’t you think before they blithely wrote ADA requirements into our contracts, they could have scheduled such a meeting & then put together an information sheet for those of us they were inviting to write curriculum?
Anyway, she didn’t apologize, but I’ll bet the associate dean asked whether I was a competent teacher & told her my concerns were valid. 2 weeks ago