Things to Do during Office Hours

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Things to Do during Office Hours


Wetherington, Laura, Women's Studies Quarterly


First, you must get there.

Walk back from class

with the student who

just wants to know

what you want her to write.

the walk

between buildings

in winter

Listen to stories about

her background,

her suburban hometown,

the commute with her dad to

the next town for school and

how he taught her to love

and also be afraid.

the snow

swiftly falling

Try to explain

that the space between

the prompt and the paper

is the work.

on a stack of papers

Next, email the quiet student.

Tell him his contribution in class

was invaluable-

did he notice the way the

conversation lit up?

falling swiftly

Email the struggling student

who doesn't come to class

to encourage him to come

to office hours.

thefeeling

of quiet

coming in

through the window

Rethink the way

you come out to your class.

Announcing you're queer

in a conversation

about whether or not

the term is a slur

may not be the best method.

Rethink the lecture for next class.

Revise your slides.

Rethink your career.

not far away

Click on an infographic

stating that 71%

of full professors

are still white men.

some students

still new to snow

Read through fifteen emails

about the agenda

for the upcoming

department meeting.

post photos

on Instagram

Read through five emails

asking for collaboration

on institutional fulfillment

and fundraising. …

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