Comments on: Advice to a new department chair: “to choose is to offend.” http://www.historiann.com/2008/10/08/advice-to-a-new-department-chair-to-choose-is-to-offend/ History and sexual politics, 1492 to the present Fri, 19 Sep 2014 13:41:03 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.2 By: Henry http://www.historiann.com/2008/10/08/advice-to-a-new-department-chair-to-choose-is-to-offend/comment-page-1/#comment-525788 Wed, 06 Jan 2010 13:33:22 +0000 http://www.historiann.com/?p=1367#comment-525788 I was just appointed as Director for My Department due to my speedily preferment on the job, but the trouble is that people feel that I’m to young for the job i believe that there will be lot of undermining because of this promotion and the problem is that I don’t know what to do cause I don’t to come down hard on them. What is your opinion on this?

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By: Clio Bluestocking http://www.historiann.com/2008/10/08/advice-to-a-new-department-chair-to-choose-is-to-offend/comment-page-1/#comment-96157 Thu, 09 Oct 2008 01:39:48 +0000 http://www.historiann.com/?p=1367#comment-96157 Yes. You seemed like such a celebrity and I was too terribly shy. I desperately wanted to talk to Annette Gordon-Reed, too, about her book, but had the same reaction. My end of our conversation would have been this: “OMGOMGOMGOMG!” I’m much braver online.

You know, the Berks should get together with some biological engineering conference to support cloning research. That way, we could be in all of the places that we want to be at the same time.

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By: Historiann http://www.historiann.com/2008/10/08/advice-to-a-new-department-chair-to-choose-is-to-offend/comment-page-1/#comment-96032 Wed, 08 Oct 2008 21:19:35 +0000 http://www.historiann.com/?p=1367#comment-96032 Clio B.–do you mean the one with Terri Snyder, Annette Gordon-Reed, and Angelita Reyes, et. al.? You were there and you didn’t even introduce yourself?? That was an awesome session, I must say.

Well, thanks for your compliments, again. Of course (and Susan can tell you this too) the fact that there were three different panels per session that you wanted to go to was interpreted as a BAD THING by some people!

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By: Clio Bluestocking http://www.historiann.com/2008/10/08/advice-to-a-new-department-chair-to-choose-is-to-offend/comment-page-1/#comment-96025 Wed, 08 Oct 2008 20:53:10 +0000 http://www.historiann.com/?p=1367#comment-96025 Some people just have their own issues that they work out on everyone around them. That Big Berks was awesome! I don’t think I’ve ever been to a conference where I wanted to attend at least one panel for every single session, much less two or three. The public history sessions were an excellent inclusion, and that one on black women ended way too soon.

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By: Susan http://www.historiann.com/2008/10/08/advice-to-a-new-department-chair-to-choose-is-to-offend/comment-page-1/#comment-95906 Wed, 08 Oct 2008 16:31:46 +0000 http://www.historiann.com/?p=1367#comment-95906 As to department chairs, David says that “everyone has their price”. Of course, no one ever gave him his, so he escaped:)
But I think you are wise, at least for now.

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By: Indyanna http://www.historiann.com/2008/10/08/advice-to-a-new-department-chair-to-choose-is-to-offend/comment-page-1/#comment-95868 Wed, 08 Oct 2008 15:33:53 +0000 http://www.historiann.com/?p=1367#comment-95868 Ouch, that one hits home in Philly, Historiann, on account of how Donovan (#5) had a tough day on Sunday. As you know, we throw snowballs at Santa Claus in this town. And that phrase about booing the kids who don’t find any eggs at the Easter Egg hunt? Made in Philly! So, youse just hafta rub some mud on it and call the next play. You moved the yardstix on the play in question, in any case. How are them Broncos doing, anyhow?

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By: Historiann http://www.historiann.com/2008/10/08/advice-to-a-new-department-chair-to-choose-is-to-offend/comment-page-1/#comment-95860 Wed, 08 Oct 2008 15:05:37 +0000 http://www.historiann.com/?p=1367#comment-95860 Just to be clear: I’m not going to chair my department. I have not applied, and if nominated I will not serve. But, thanks for your good wishes, anyway!

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By: Shinhao Li http://www.historiann.com/2008/10/08/advice-to-a-new-department-chair-to-choose-is-to-offend/comment-page-1/#comment-95846 Wed, 08 Oct 2008 14:36:14 +0000 http://www.historiann.com/?p=1367#comment-95846 Good luck with your new position! My father was offered a department chair position several times in his career, but he refused each time. He hated the politics. Ironically, because the office politics had gotten so bad, he became the only candidate acceptable to all factions. He reluctantly accepted, and did such a good job that he was given a second and third term.

The key, he said, was that because he had stayed out of office politics for the first 15 years, his impartiality was unquestioned. It also helped that he was given power to assign the office allotments in the new building.

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