The Rewards of Our Work

Academic Leader

Part of the problem in identifying the most satisfying facet of an administrative position lies in the difficulty administrators have trying to explain what their jobs entail. Job descriptions for administrative posts include impressive-sounding requirements such as "outstanding scholar/teacher with administrative experience;" "creative visionary with proven record of academic leadership;" "must be collegial, respectful, promote collaboration and cooperation;" "must have ability to procure outside funding and assure successful accreditation;" "ability to walk on water preferred but not required." Yet somehow the day-to-day work never feels as lofty.

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