After my sister presented her project, Dr. Kevin Lohenry, the Director for the Division of Physician Assistant Studies and I had some great phone conversations. One day the conversation ended with I’m going to talk to HR and create a new position - Director of Innovative Learning. However, the position would have to be opened up to everyone and that I would have to submit a formal application.
It had been about four years since I had applied for a job and when I looked at my old CV I knew this was going to have to change. Kevin and his team had seen my sister’s project but they knew very little else about me and my work and what was possible for their program. I didn’t have a degree in educational technology, nor did I have a doctorate degree. I had absolutely no background in science or medicine and didn’t really have any experience working in a higher education setting. With the position being opened up to everyone I was pretty nervous. I had two days to send in my CV and so I decided to do a little appsmash that went like this:
So what do I do? Each day I walk in and I strive to be the artist that Seth Godin says we should be. I strive to give gifts to the PA program. Job descriptions are like mission statements, too many words with no meaning unless brought to life by people. So while HR have their strange job description for what I do, my mantra is simple – Discover – Innovate – Share and my mission: “How can we create an environment where faculty and students are passionate about discovering new ideas, innovation that allows them to adapt ideas to empower their community and share these ideas back with the world so that the cycle of learning and innovation continues.
What does this look like in practice? In part 3, Ill share our year in review and highlight the projects some of my favorite projects that we worked on this past year.