Thank You!

April 24, 2021

Dear Colleagues, 

Starting July 1st, I will no longer be chair. No more coffee and donuts and no more blog posts (this is my 57th blog post dating back to September 4, 2015). During these past six years I’ve been able to do a bit of what I truly enjoy. I’ve had the fortune to supervise outstanding graduate students like Zoe and Tyler but working as chair has been my most important job. It has been an honor to serve the department in this capacity. I was successful with some things and not so much in others. Regardless of the outcomes, I thank you for allowing me the privilege to give space to the young faculty as well as entrusting me with the responsibility to trouble the old guard. With regards to the latter I believe, as Stephen Mulkey notes, that the mission of higher education is to maintain and renew civilization. I want to especially thank those that have provided me with council especially Adam, Allison, and Sarah. Much work remains but I remain committed to using my privilege and proximity to power to create a more diverse, more inclusive, and more welcoming department. 

Gratefully and respectfully, 

Jim