A Day in the Life of an AVP – the Holiday Edition


This word popped up on my phone yesterday as the word of the day.  Isn’t it charming?  Even without knowing exactly what it means, it has a lovely lilt.


Joyance – as you might expect – means joyous feeling.  Gladness.  Delight. Enjoyment.

As we bring this semester and this year to a close, I wish you joyance.

As I have spent my day today –

  • signing off-cycle pay requests (of course!)
  • working on conference planning around the implementation of corequisites
  • responding to a student complaint
  • taking colleagues to lunch
  • answering questions for a professional reference
  • booking a couple of meetings for early January
  • answering and sending emails
  • trying to figure out some course equivalencies
  • providing additional information to my boss about an international travel request
  • looking at the (too long) list of unsubmitted grades –

I have been reminded – even in the midst of the routine (off-cycle pay requests) and the frustrating (too many unsubmitted grades) – that I find joyance in my work.

What we do matters for our students and our community.  It is meaningful and impactful work that makes the world we live in better.  I hope you take as much delight in our work as I do.  I hope our work at ACC gives you gladness.  I hope the mission and ministry of community colleges give you a joyous feeling.

I wish each of you merriment and gladness this holiday season.

Joyance to you all

Picture Credit:  By Jeangagnon - Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=51252267