6 tips to survive the return of the students to campus!
When I first became Provost and Dean of the College of Letters and Science, my
boss at the time, Rod Park, joked, “My hand’s on the lever of power, but it’s not
attached to anything.” Rod’s remark captured an important truth. Leadership
positions in colleges and universities have little direct power, such as one imagines the CEO of a corporation might hold (although even my friends who are CEO’s of companies say this is a fantasy).
August is the time our campus buzzes with energy and activity as the academic year begins, and the focus on our learning mission becomes laser sharp. We are used to thinking of this mission in terms of our students and faculty, but staff should not be missing from this equation.
One of the best ways to support your staff is to be a “professor” for your team by providing guidance, teaching and support. You can increase employee performance up to 19.8% by ensuring that work projects are also learning experiences.
The Wisdom Café asked Berkeley students to share their thoughts on our staff. Here’s what they had to say.
I am in Dwinelle Hall this morning interviewing one of our esteemed faculty members – Munis Faruqui. Dr Faruqui, thank you for agreeing to share some of what it’s like to be a faculty member at Cal with our staff on the Wisdom Cafe’.
In my view, good management is good management, regardless of the level of professional experience of one’s employees… In this sense, managing students is no different than managing career employees…What is required to effectively manage student staff is awareness of – and appreciation for – the student experience. What does that mean?
UC Berkeley has a tradition of strong faculty / academic governance. We need to be strategic about how we use our resources in order to keep Berkeley on a path of excellence and not a glide path to mediocrity. The University is a vehicle to keep the California dream alive and we need to do so intelligently. We are one of the world’s greatest universities period.
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