I like to solve problems. It’s basically how I got involved in this whole tech thing in the first place. You need your WordPerfect 3.1 document in a Microsoft Word 5.1 format? I’ll figure it out. You want to create an animation of the solar system? Cool! Let’s figure it out. You need data on how many people click that apply button? No problem, let’s figure that out.
Those are techy problems, but I also like solving people problems. Students who are struggling, faculty who express opposition to an idea, those are interesting problems to solve, too. Or bigger problems, like what education should look like in 2020 and if we want education to look like that, then how do we start building something so that we can get there? And that, I think is where I’m headed with my new position I’ve taken on, Interim Dean of Academic Affairs. It’s somewhat undefined, but it loosely means I, along with the division directors, department chairs and the Head of School, am helping to solve the problems that we may face or challenges we set for ourselves.
While I’ve been a little skeptical about the path I’ve set myself on, I do find that I enjoy tackling these larger problems. It’s like a know that need undoing. I’m lucky that I’m surrounded by a lot of smart people who can give me advice, and who have great ideas of their own. I feel like we’re in this together. So we’ll see how this goes for the next year. It should be an interesting journey.