New Dean on the Block

I know blogging's been light. I've just been elected dean. That means I'm part of the administration, the one to get bitched at for everything that goes wrong. But I see it as a challenge, to see if I can "win", to get everything to run a little bit smoother.

My goal is to start documenting how we do things, and fix any process that takes more than a page to describe. Wish me luck!


Anonymous said...


Anonymous said...

Sounds like a great plan.

All the best and good luck to you!

Daniel said...

Congrats and all the best. But doesn't that mean you'll have less courses, less time with/for students and lots of paper-shuffling?

WiseWoman said...

Unfortunately, yes. My teaching load will be 10 hours instead of 14 as associate dean. I love to teach, but we have to get this administration into the IT-age and get the processes sorted out.

And I will end up spending more time with the problem students instead of with my great students from the program.

But I also get to help guide the school into the troubled waters of the years after 2013, when the baby bust hits. And I can influence policy, like helping the school get out of using a homemade CMS and on to using a popular open source one.

Thanks for all the good wishes!

Anonymous said...

...why not get a little more ambitious by describing all processes as 1-line APL-programs ?!?

hey, you might become immortal -- and the language could use a little good press !

(for extra points, knit your own automatic translator and validate it using your favorite theorem prover)


WiseWoman said...


and hope I get rich.