What made you decide to become an administrator?
I really enjoy working with others, and have always gravitated towards service to my university and my profession. It was a pretty natural step to get involved in administration, and it gave me a new appreciation of the importance of the work being done at the university. It was a very fulfilling experience.
What is the most rewarding aspect of being an administrator?
The most rewarding aspect of being an administrator is to be part of bringing people together to do something new.
What is the most challenging aspect of being an administrator?
The most challenging part of being an administrator is being able to keep the right balance between the day-to-day activities that keep things running smoothly, while making the time to think deeply and to work on the things that will secure the organization in the long run.
What were the choices you made (and why) related to maintaining (or not maintaining) your scholarship as you took on an administrative role?
Working as a scientist has been a core part of my identity for a long time. Being an active researcher also keeps me in touch with the issues that my colleagues and their students are experiencing, and gives me a very useful perspective as an administrator.
How have you balanced your personal life with your career?
At this stage in my life, I am not really seeking balance per se. I feel my professional and personal lives are well integrated, and that I have a lot of personal freedom to pursue what interests me.
What advice would you give to women faculty who are considering administration?
Keep your scholarship strong, and maintain your ties with your research colleagues. Bear in mind the cost-benefit ratio. Will you learn enough from the administrative job and have substantial new opportunities to offset the sacrifices that you will be making in other areas?