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ERIC Number: ED370133
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994-Mar
Pages: 14
Abstractor: N/A
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The New Director of Composition Composes Herself.
Ingham, Zita
A new director of composition at Arkansas State University explains how she has had to mentor herself, write and revise herself, read herself into her new bewildering environment, and in short, make her job as easy as possible. Reading the new environment and understanding how faculty members fit into it may be one of the hardest aspects of a new position. If a dean asks new faculty members to do what they do not believe in, well-timed fits of anger and conditional acceptance may be effective, at least at Arkansas State. The faculty member must learn to define and focus, to back out of certain matters, to revise deadlines, to inconvenience other people, and to let some things go. She must insist on choice in her own life. She must recognize that her greatest strength is that she does not really want the administrative position she has. The best advice to a pretenured person taking such a position as a first job is do not settle in, do not buy a house, do not let your kids think this is the last place they will ever live, think of the job as transitory because all jobs are. "Your own priorities come first" such as time for research, if that is needed in the quest for tenure, or the move to another institution. (TB)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A