A Meditation on Bureaucracy

Posted in Governance and administration on September 2nd, 2009 by steve

USA“When I was a university professor, before I quit to go back to school to become a nurse, I found myself nervous and irritated with pretty much everyone and everything all the time. That may be partially a result of temperament, but some of my constant sense of aggravation must have arisen from the nature of the work I was doing. What never failed to distress me was the endless string of faculty meetings. At least at the university where I worked, these meetings were never-ending and, like most things bureaucratic, were almost always pointless. I don’t think my experience was unique. Faculty meetings are pretty much the same everywhere. The size of an institution may matter some but probably not much …” (more)

[Amanda Emerson, The Revolving Floor, 2 September]

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Meetings, meetings

Posted in Governance and administration on August 12th, 2009 by steve

Ireland“University life is choc-a-bloc full of meetings. I have to confess that I am not good at meetings. I like to think that I am a good listener, and in encounters with colleagues and friends do my utmost to discover what they want and need and to respond as positively as I can. But once I am in a room with 20, 50 or more people I feel a need to move the whole thing along as fast as I decently can. At my last university, where I was Dean of a Faculty, a colleague once told me that I chaired every meeting as if I had a train to catch …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 11 August]

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