This panel features geographers who serve in the position of dean or assistant/associate dean in a variety of institutional contexts. The panel is especially well suited for geographers who may soon assume administrative positions and would like an opportunity to engage with other geographers in administration, as well as geographers currently holding dean positions interested in pursuing appointments as provost or assistant/associate provost or returning to the faculty.
Discussion topics will include, but are not limited to:
Preparing for the Position of Dean
What are the advantages and/or disadvantages facing geographers interested in pursuing administrative positions?
What can chairs or faculty do to prepare themselves to transition into administrative positions?
What leadership training or professional development did you pursue that helped prepare you for this administrative role?
How can you address the challenges of moving from faculty to administration, especially in terms of the autonomy of being a faculty member and the role one must inhabit as an administrator?
What particular challenges are confronted by women and people of color preparing for administrative positions? What are successful strategies for navigating them?
Working in the Position of Dean
What are the advantages and/or disadvantages facing geographers already working in administrative positions?
What do you know now that you wish you had known when you started your first administrative position? What advice would you give to administrators starting their first year in that position?
What particular challenges are confronted by women and people of color already in administrative roles? What are successful strategies for navigating them?
What can administrators do to more effectively communicate what they do to faculty, staff and students?
As administrators and geographers, how do you see the place of geography within the changing landscape of higher education, such as the status of the discipline, growth of interdisciplinary programs, etc.?
How can you avoid administrative “burn-out”?
Leaving the Position of Dean
What can deans do to prepare themselves to transition into a provost level position?
What can administrators do to promote the idea of academic leadership in committees and other activities as a part of succession planning for chair positions or even to become the next dean?
What are the challenges of returning to a faculty role after being an administrator?
|Introduction||Joshua Hagen Northern State University||5|
|Panelist||Thomas Mote University of Georgia||15|
|Panelist||Lesley Rigg University of Calgary||15|
|Panelist||Karen Morin Bucknell University||15|
|Panelist||Patricia Price Baruch College||15|
|Panelist||John Jones III University of Arizona||15|
|Panelist||Joshua Hagen Northern State University||15|
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