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Why become a university administrator? – Dean’s Podcast

An interview with Jack Duffy, a professor at Dalhousie University, on the benefits of becoming a university administrator.

BY UA/AU | MAY 03 2010

Welcome to the Dean’s Podcast – the podcast about issues shaping graduate studies in Canada.

What follows is Part 1 of a two-part series on why an academic would want to become a university administrator. In this episode, host Carolyn Watters, Dalhousie University dean of graduate studies, and 2009 Canadian Association of Graduate Studies president, talks to Jack Duffy, a professor at Dalhousie University.

Jack actually likes his job as an adminstrator. He offers advice on why academics should not shy away from the incredible opporitunities that these positions offer. (Running time: 23:12 mins).

This episode was arranged by Dave Johnson of Nilairtime in Ottawa.


If you’d like to get in touch with Carolyn about something you heard in the podcast, click here to e-mail her. Or, you can leave a comment in the forum below.

You can follow Carolyn and her colleague, associate dean Dieter Pelzer,  at the Deans’ Blog, an intelligent and illuminating weekly take on issues affecting graduate students, post docs, and their supervisors at Dalhousie.

Theme music for this episode of the Dean’s Podcast by Incompetech.

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