TITLE: Taking a Chance AUTHOR: Eugene Wallingford DATE: May 10, 2005 4:07 PM DESC: Applying for a different job on campus reminded of several things I'd forgotten. Taking a reasonable risk is good for me. ----- BODY: A while back, I mentioned my intention to apply for a job here at the university. The position is head of my department, and last week I did apply. The search is internal, which means that we are considering only current members of the faculty as candidates, and is for a three-year appointment. When I decided to apply, I didn't realize how tense I'd feel at the prospect of interviewing with my colleagues! I think this is the good sort of tension, though, the kind that lets me know that I really do care about the job. It's good to take risks of this sort every once in a while. The application process required a fair bit of writing, most notably a statement of administrative philosophy, that kept me busy last week. This week, I am preparing a short presentation to give to the faculty, on philosophy and goals for the department. The process has reminded of two things: Sometime later this summer, I may write up a more general version of the ideas that went into my application and share them here. In the meantime, wish me luck! -----