September 12th, 2014
This is my new office. And this is my last blog as dean of graduate studies, for a while, anyway. I am in a new space, a new job, a new orientation to the university, but I brought my geraniums with me to remind me of, well, me. Stepping out of the School of Graduate Studies feels weird and a little unsettling, but I am so busy in the new role as Provost and Vice President Academic, pro tempore, that I can’t say I have had a lot of time to reflect on the before and after. I have always argued for change, institutional and personal, and so I better not eat my words. Change is healthy, stimulating, and usually progressive. I embrace it now fully, even while there are some scary moments of sheer overload. I know that the School of Graduate Studies is in good hands and so that’s not a worry. Indeed, the dedicated staff are first class, and will greet the challenge of an increased enrolment this semester with their usual professionalism.