Technical Challenges Delay Staller Grades Until 2014

AMHERST, Ma. – Unforeseen logistical challenges have delayed the release of final grades in two art-history courses until the first quarter of 2014, Amherst Professor of Art History Natasha Staller announced Wednesday.

Speaking outside a worksite in Fayerweather Hall, Staller reported that a series of unexpected operational impediments had slowed efforts to return final and portfolio grades in this semester’s “Witches, Vampires, and Other Monsters” and “Proseminar: Images of Sickness and Healing” by the conclusion of 2012.  “I am disappointed that procedural difficulties have prevented final evaluations by our desired year-end deadline,” said Staller, standing beside a midterm paper she remained unable to review.

Staller identified several unpredicted technical challenges, including a two-hour commute from her Newton home, the presence of 35 undergraduates in her two courses combined, and the discovery of a five-inch stack of ungraded course portfolios in the middle of her desk.

Staller acknowledged that the revised 1Q FY 2014 target date could yet be exceeded if the project encounters further operational impediments, including an unexpected speaking engagement or a surprise sabbatical.

Despite those challenges, Fall 2012 grading efforts remain ahead of schedule relative to Fall 2011’s, whose grades are expected by 2016, and well ahead of those for Spring 2009, which Staller wrote off at a loss last year.