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One of the biggest lessons I’ve learned during a quarter of century in academe is that one’s resume and character are separate entities.
Okay, a quick clarification: In academe a resume is called a curriculum vitae, or c.v. A c.v. is a resume on growth hormones, detailing activities that normally are summarized in a page or two. For someone with a lot of publications and speaking appearances, a c.v. can easily top ten pages.
In any event, whether we call it a resume or a c.v., the bottom line is that an impressive paper record and upstanding personal character do not necessarily go hand in hand. This is especially the case with professors who enter the world of academic administration, harboring ambitions of deanships, college presidencies, and other high-ranking positions.
Please don’t misunderstand me. There are plenty of good, ethical people in academic administration. Many bring a spirit of servant…
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