the vision thing
there's no ropes course scheduled, but our sociology department retreat is tomorrow. calling faculty and staff together for open-ended discussion can be a risky endeavor for a new chair, but i'm completely excited, stoked, and fired up for it. maybe i'm naively optimistic, but the department is in a really good place and some big opportunities are opening up this year.
here's the plan:
10:15-10:45 agenda setting
10:45-11:45 open discussion and elaboration
1:00-2:15 visibility in the discipline
2:30-3:45 excellence in the department
3:45-4:30 synthesis and reflection
6:30-8:00 open music/drinks
most of tomorrow's discussions will be non-bloggable (what with our secret plot to remake the discipline and all), but i'll pass along any lessons learned about conducting retreats at some point. i know that i'll have to check the ego at the door, of course. if and when my brothers and sisters want to take things in a new or different direction, i'll just have to roll with it. i'll only get really defensive if somebody complains about the band. my research and leadership skills are fair game, of course, but i take my music personally.