Time is of the Essense for Butler
When Dr. Judy Butler was asked to head up the search committee for a new dean of the College of Education last November, she wasted no time.
So efficient was the process that the committee beat the March 21 deadline despite stranded candidates at airports and unexpected schedule changes.
Dr. Judy Butler
“It’s an awesome responsibility and somewhat of a roller coaster,” said Butler, an associate professor of secondary education. “It’s been an adventure.”
Butler’s secret? Work with a large committee to pare down a list of 24 to the final seven by the second committee meeting, work on the assignment over the winter break and finish interviewing the candidates by February 5.
The COE professor scheduled interviews, made airline reservations and booked hotel accommodations for the six candidates (one dropped out) while most of us shopped for that perfect holiday gift.
“It was a tight schedule,” said Butler. “A candidate would be leaving campus as another one arrived.”
Butler said there were other approaches to the search that made it a smoother than normal process.
“What I did that was most successful was involve everyone in the College of Education,” Butler explained. “In general the entire faculty and staff were involved in the search.”
Staff and faculty in the COE dean’s office went to lunch with the candidates at Z-6 and their assessments were used in committee decisions. COE faculty were also asked to be involved in meeting the candidates and given the opportunity to discuss issues important to them.
With 12 years of teaching at UWG, Butler has served on many committees but said this one was different.
“This was the first big-time search committee that I’ve chaired,” said Butler. “It was a smooth process and everyone worked well together. There have been a few people asking me how I did it.”
When Dr. Tim Hynes, vice president for Academic Affairs, announced the decision to appoint Dr. Kim Metcalf to the position as dean, he included praise for Butler and the committee for finishing the consuming task so efficiently.
Members of the search committee were Dr. Danilo Baylen, Dr. Jill Drake, Dr. Carol Gingerich, Dr. Laura Hatfield, Dr. Michael Hazelkorn, Ms. Kathy Jones, Dr. Martha Larkin, Dr. Abbott Packard, Dr. Hema Ramanathan, Dr. Rebecca Stanard and Dr. Donald Wagner.
Congratulations to all.
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