After completing the three assigned readings for the week (Galloway & Dunlop, Dunhardt & Dunhardt, and Caves) and watching the interview with Afa Dworkin, I found several correlations between the Dunhardt reading and the interview.
First, much like the Dworkin interview itself, the book was also structured so as to teach via the medium of an interview. When a new concept was introduced, the book would use real life interviews and examples to explain the concept. For example, when introducing “a new language for leadership,” the book uses quotes from Jeff Rich, a young faculty member in political science, describing how his Dean, Mary Augustine, is “so remarkable” because she “just seemed to have a special talent for engaging others and aiming their work in the most positive directions” (Dunhardt, 16).
After reading this section, I was immediately reminded of one of my own professors during my time as an undergrad. She had this exact type of leadership that I so admire. When I first had her class, it was almost jarring experiencing something so radically different than the rigid classroom setting of my entire past educational career. In this classroom, the teacher did not talk down to students or lecture. Rather, every class was an open discussion, where the professor would pose a question to the class based on the current subject or readings, and it was our job as the students to actually engage in a conversation and come to our own conclusions. The professor more served as the facilitator, or sometimes chimed in for clarification.
Knowing I am now exceeding the word limit, I will end by saying I appreciate University life, as it has introduced me to a form of leadership I would have likely never encountered otherwise and that I hope to emulate in any capacity I may see myself in moving forward.