Leadership Program Reflection


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[This reading is from Dr. Julie A. Traxler, Associate Dean for the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences at Rutgers University.  She is a recent MOR program alum.  Julie may be reached at jtraxler@sebs.rutgers.edu.] During our MOR sessions, I could see us collectively cringe, but we began slowly to get more comfortable (or maybe a […]

Leaders – Pause and Reflect

[This reading is from Vania McBean, Assistant Director of Information Technology for University Recreation and Wellness at the University of Maryland – College Park.  She is a recent MOR program alum.  Vania may be reached at vania@umd.edu.] From time to time, as leaders we have to stop and press the pause button. MOR practice requirements […]

Never waste a good crisis!

Never waste a good crisis! [This reading is from Evelyn F. Griffith, Assistant Director of Data Management at Michigan State University.  She is a recent MOR program alum.  Evelyn may be reached at portee@msu.edu.] What a time to write a reflection! There are so many valuable lessons that we gain from participating in MOR.  However, […]

Leading and Caring Under Pressure

[This reading is from Jessica von Borck, Director of Land Use Planning at Stanford University.  She is a recent MOR program alum.  Jessica may be reached at jvbo@stanford.edu.] “’Cause love’s such an old fashioned wordAnd love dares you to care forThe people on the edge of the nightAnd love (people on streets) dares you to change […]

Mental Health

[This reading is from Michael Chakerian, Director of Information Technology for the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences at The Ohio State University.  He is a Big Ten Academic Alliance (BTAA) MOR Leaders Program alum.  Mike may be reached at chakerian.1@osu.edu.] Perhaps the most difficult thing that no one prepares you for with a major […]

Personal growth and giving yourself credit

[This reading is from Jelene Crehan, Interim Director of Network Engineering and Telecommunications at the University of Illinois at Chicago.  She is a recent MOR program alum.  Jelene may be reached at jelene@uic.edu.] After spending much time reflecting on reflecting… I realize I do a lot more reflection in my car, driving in complete silence, when […]

Reflecting on a Relationship With Gratitude

Before the winter break, I spent some time considering who would make a great example of leadership for my reflection. I kept coming back to the idea of describing my friend David, who was once a colleague of mine at another university. Over the years, we’ve kept in touch on a regular basis, and kept […]

Leadership Reflection: Why Luck Matters More Than You Think

By Maria Curcio, maria_curcio@harvard.edu  MORLP 2016, August 29, 2016. In his article, “Why Luck Matters More Than You Think” (Atlantic, May 2016), Robert H. Frank discusses luck in terms of wealth and success: “Wealthy people overwhelmingly attribute their own success to hard work rather than to factors like luck or being in the right place at the […]


Mike Dewey is Director of Campus Services in the Office of Information Technology at Rice University.  He leads groups that provide desktop computing support and help desk services.  He is also interim director of the Teaching, Learning, and Scholarly Technologies group. To be honest, I did not know what to expect when my CIO asked […]

Reflecting On What Is Working

Monday, January 25, 2016. I hope everyone had a good weekend.  I, like the rest of the Maryland cohort, spent a good part of the weekend shoveling snow and digging out from the ~30 inches of snow that fell from late Friday and most of Saturday.  And then digging out again once the wind had settled down and the […]



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