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August 21, 2010

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It was so much fun hanging out with you, and I'm sooo glad you got what I was trying to say (except that I think you are still putting it too harshly!). Also, remember that my department chair experience has been dogawful, so...

What a great analysis! I especially like the idea of trying to recognize the ways in which your dept chair is doing OK. (If you were managing her, instead of being one of the people in her dept, what would you think of her performance, I wonder?)

Our meetings begin Tuesday, too. I'll be thinking of you!

That all sounds very sensible. You would have to pay me at least 500K (well, maybe 250K) to be chair. What a thankless job that should be avoided at all costs.

A book I've been recommending to everyone who is having career path questions is one called Your Money or Your Life. (Not the one about the health care system-- the one about money and careers.) It is an amazing life changing read.

Our meetings begin Wednesday, and I'm looking forward to putting some of my own goals in action, especially as far as reducing my stress levels in relation to non-essential school politics, if that makes diplomatic sense :).

My mother, a lifelong teacher, always passed up any chances for administrative work because she said she wanted to stay as close to the students as possible, and tat the more you move into administration, the further away from students you got. Now, she was in a public school, but I think a lot about what she said and what it might mean for me as I think about my own career path.

Welcome, Nicole -- glad to have you here!

Here's hoping for a great school year for all of us.

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