This has been a good year for the lab. Students have graduated, papers have been published and funding success has been realized. Pending the federal budget fiasco and assuming NSF will not be cut in any major way, we are likely to have full funding for three projects in the lab this year, with seed funding for a fourth. There's hiring to do. There are students to bring on board. There is shit to buy.
But as the lab transforms into a busier place, the time to manage those new people and projects has to come from.... where? Which ball gets dropped when new ones get tossed in? If my teaching load gets reduced, who picks up the slack? Who covers my committee work? Who spends time with my family?
In lean financial times there is scant money around to pay adjuncts to pick up new courses. Like most universities, mine is facing a multi-million dollar budget deficit this year and guess where those cuts hit hard? Per-course instruction is low hanging fruit for administrators (yet another reason that being an adjunct instructor is a raw deal).
Maybe I don't offer a course for a year? I guess that's possible, but it certainly isn't ideal for the curriculum. I can assure you that it would also not be a move supported departmentally, which makes it a bit of a non-starter. So what's left? I don't know, but it looks like a conversation I need to have or risk stunting our progression curve.
How does it work at your institution? What does grant success "buy" you in the non-medical science world?