Wednesday, February 11, 2009
What’s it like to be a…Dean of Students?
My job title is: Dean of Student Development
What does a normal day look like? Is it consistent throughout the year? If you’ve had this position for a while, how have things changed?
My daily schedule has some consistencies with regular one-on-one meetings with my staff or weekly committee meetings but also varies from week to week depending upon the time of year and the responsibilities I have for that time of the semester. I tend to have one-on-one meetings with my staff in the mornings. I often attend chapel and eat lunch on-campus. And typically, my afternoons are filled with committee meetings, appointments with students and attending to other details of my work (reading, e-mail, etc.).
What other, if any, positions have you held prior to your current job? How did you get to where you are now?
I got my start as a Resident Assistant (RA) in college. A couple years after I graduated, in large part due to my enjoyment of being an RA, I began graduate school in higher education administration while also serving as a Resident Director (RD). I have continued working in higher education ever since. I am in my 11th year here at Calvin (not including the 2 years after completing my masters degree, when I worked here as an RD). Prior to this I was Dean of Student Development at Malone College for 9 years.