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My experiences as a department chair: A 3x3 reflection

I've finished up my year as department chair, and here's a 3x3 reflection on what I learned, what surprised me, and what I still don't know. »

What we need for the Second Iteration

Next semester, we need to move from adequacy to excellence in our online teaching. We'll need three things to make that work. »

Guiding principles for academic work in unprecedented times

Some general principles and strategies from my faculty and also some principles for department chairs, from one clueless chair in over his head to all the others. »

The urgent and the important

Distinguishing between the urgent and the important, and having the discipline to work on important tasks that aren't urgent, is a critical and difficult task. »


When I was appointed Department Chair, I promised my colleagues I would be "teachable". What does that mean and why does it matter? »