Remember in December when I got propositioned by the Dean of my college to become Chair of my department?
I met with her again a week later and went over some of my concerns about the position.
Earlier this week she sent me an email saying that the Vice President was getting ready to print contracts for next year and they needed to know if I was going to be chair because they would add the chair stipend to the contract and in addition add 1 month to my contract (which is kinda huge, actually).
She said she would be happy to talk to me about my concerns and answer any questions over coffee.
I said I would appreciate that.
We’re having coffee, off campus, today to discuss this.
I’m inclined to say yes, to be honest.
Not because I want the position, I don’t. But because of everyone in the department I know that I would be the best at it (aside from our current chair). (My dad also brought up the argument that if the University goes under or I need to find a new position, being Chair will look very good on my C.V., especially considering my age – I can’t argue with this logic)
The current chair is the BEST person in the department to do it, but he is worn out. He’s had enough. He’s been chair for over 10 years and the upheaval of the past 3 months has just been tearing him apart.
This isn’t to say that it wouldn’t tear me apart. It probably will. But I’m also younger and more resilient. The administration likes me more because I have no ties to previous administrations. I’m honest and forthright about what is best for the students and what we should be doing as a department. I care more about making the University better then who is at the top. The “front line” to the students in the faculty. So WE need to be the ones making the University as good as it can be.
What I’m really concerned about is what I’ll be saying “no” to if I say “yes” to being the Chair.
I have a few pet projects that I want to get started in the department and I’m very afraid that they’ll fall to the way-side. However, being chair will also give me the “clout” to make sure that these pet projects happen.
Is it wrong that part of me just wants to know HOW MUCH the chair stipend is? Based on an old faculty handbook I should get 1.12 times my current salary. Which could be $57,120/yr or $51,408/yr depending on how it is calculated (I currently make $51,000).
If it isn’t that much money I kind a just want to say “no”. A part of how much it is “worth” to me is how much compensation I’ll be getting for my extra time. I don’t want to seem superficial about it, but it really is a huge deciding factor to me.
We’ll see how this meeting goes this afternoon…