All my bosses have been women. I should say, all my bosses in the world of learning technology. And this is not totally true, as up until recently my last boss was a guy. But by and large, through two institutions of higher education and one foray into the for-profit dot-com world of educational technology. my bosses have been women. I never really gave this any thought - as the gender of my bosses never seemed to be a salient variable in their leadership styles, abilities and skills.
A week from now, the presents will all be unwrapped, the Christmas cookies mostly eaten—and I'll be sitting in a hotel room with three of my colleagues, interviewing some fabulous job candidates. Between now and then, I'll have refamiliarized myself with my potential new colleagues' work, hosted a holiday party, given and received various gifts, read two or three books for a book award committee I'm on—
I read somewhere that 90 percent of acting is casting. The idea was that plenty of actors are capable of performing well in the right role; the trick is matching the actor to the role. I'm struggling right now with a mismatch between actors and roles.
I've been thinking about how important my Gen X colleagues are in my professional and personal life, and I've been wondering what changes our generation will bring to academia. Perhaps it is because I'm reading Slackonomics: Generation X in the Age of Creative Destruction, by Lisa Chamberlain. Or maybe it is because I turned 40 in 2009.
An occasional correspondent writes:I've applied for a dean of students position for which I know I'm unusually well-qualified and temperamentally suited. However, thanks to the economy and the desirability & location of this school, I also know there will be as many as several hundred other well-qualified applicants. The handful of us lucky enough to get an interview will be asked to campus for a full day.If you or any of your readers have any suggestions for day-long interviewing for a dean position (as opposed to a faculty one), I'd be glad to hear them.
One year ago I made a series of 8 predictions for learning technology in 2009. Below are the predictions, with an accompanying evaluation that in most cases tries to explain why I got most things so wrong.
Recent discussions on this blog about gender balance in colleges and universities have sparked a number of memories of my own college experiences. I thought it would be interesting to share them here and to invite you to share yours, as well.As noted previously, in 1970 I entered a small college that had, until that year, been the “sister school” of a nearby men’s university. There were only a handful of men in my class, and of course none in the more advanced classes.
I have a deep-seated ambivalence when it comes to the Huffington Post. On the other hand, I have a long-time respect (to the extent that I can respect any politician) for a former Senator named Fritz Hollings from South Carolina. Hollings recently wrote a column for the Huffington Post.
The report from the Institution of Mechanical Engineers that I referenced yesterday calls for a three-part approach to climate change: mitigation, adaptation and geo-engineering. I guess I'm comfortably with that break-down on a theoretical basis, or for purposes of discussion, but I'm not real comfortable with the idea of geo-engineering -- at least, not on any large scale.