|H/t to Ben Forrest|
- As Paterson Chair, the most surprising aspect has been (although not really anymore) is when media types introduce me on live TV or radio as the Chair of the Paterson School of International Affairs. This gives me far more responsibility than I have, and, no, I am not the new director of NPSIA. It does lead to friends having the opportunity to screen capture my reactions:
- In my five years at Carleton, I have been little troubled and certainly not by having the Paterson Chair. Nor have I been troubled by anything at Carleton except for one thing: that the way the internal market works here provides disincentives to do the stuff that they want us to do. Specifically, our building, the Richcraft (formerly the River) Building, was designed to do public outreach stuff, but to use it for such purposes--public talks, workshops, conferences--we have to use our own research monies to pay for the space/tech support/etc. This is not just a Carleton thing, but it is a strange economy where only some entities within the school can make money off of other departments--the space folks, the a/v folks who set up stuff for
- After five years, I am still quite enchanted with Carleton, the Faculty of Public Affairs, and NPSIA. It has been a very supportive environment for the stuff that I do, and they have
- I am humbled, as NPSIA has hired great people both before I arrived and since. The people I work with are not only sharp and very experienced in Canadian international affairs, but also incredibly nice folks who make the place a fun place to work. We are about to go through regime change as our Director, Dane Rowlands, is stepping down after five years (each term is five years, and that is plenty) and Teddy Samy is stepping up. I am sure Teddy will do great, so I am not worried about losing one of the two best department chairs (that is what our director is, essentially) I have ever had. Of course, I am not that humble, but these folks do make me realize that I am not that special (I just hope the next renewal committee does not read this post).
* I am a tenured Professor, so I am going to be employed at Carleton until I decide I am not.... pretty much.
** I would mention the students at NPSIA--how wonderful they are and how much I have enjoyed teaching here--but as the accounting folks here remind me, the Paterson Chair money is for research, not teaching. A minor gripe.