TITLE: A New Set of Responsibilities
AUTHOR: Eugene Wallingford
DATE: May 18, 2005 2:36 PM
DESC: I took my chances, and now I take on some new responsibilities. The blog will take on a new flavor, too.
mentioned last week,
I recently applied for the position of department
head in my home department. After interviews
scattered over the final three days of last week
and a weekend of wa-a-a-iting (cue
the Dean called me yesterday to offer me the job.
I start on August 1.
I will continue to teach one class each term, for
a total of three a year. So I expect to keep
teaching and learning
on a regular basis. But because I blog mostly to
examine what I am doing and learning, I expect that
I'll be posting a new thread of messages over the
next three years to examine the administrative and
leadership side of my job. To this end, I am
creating a new category,
Managing and Leading,
for this thread.
(Those of you who come here to read about
fear not! That thread will continue as usual.
I've run 74 miles in the last 11 days, so I have
plenty of raw material!)
Some of my first entries in this new category will
likely deal with what I've been reading about
working with people, leadership, and technical
administration. I think I've been subconsciously
preparing for this role for a few years. But I
still have a lot to learn.
My official start date is August 1, but I'll be
putting significant energy into the job before then.
As I said, I have a lot to learn.
Busy, busy, busy.