NEW PRESIDENT SEEKS TO
President Steve Timmermans knows firsthand the rigors that college professors
endure, and his own experience gives him a deeper appreciation for the
efforts of Trinity's faculty.
Timmermans held two faculty
conferences on Wednesday, April 16, during which he presented his perspective
of his role as leader of the College, and fielded questions from the faculty.
He made it clear to them that one of his primary objectives is to become
their most ardent supporter.
"My job description says
the president should serve as a colleague of the faculty," Timmermans said,
"and I really like that. The faculty does so many amazing things on and
off campus. I want to learn more about them and what they do, and then
do what I can to help them accomplish even greater things."
Timmermans specifically discussed
the strain many faculty members feel from their obligations in the classrooms
and their ambitions for professional development. Having encountered that
stress himself, he intends to use his awareness to help alleviate some
of that tension.
"Instead of faculty being
pulled in two or three different directions in their careers, I want to
help them integrate their teaching with their professional development
when appropriate," he said. "As I get to know (the faculty) better and
assess (their) needs, I get better ideas about maximizing the limited time
Calling the faculty "the
heart and soul of the College," Timmermans elaborated on a comprehensive
team-building approach that would capitalize on their strengths. He used
an analogy from 1 Corinthians 12, characterizing the faculty as a body
composed of many talents and skills that become better when used in concert.
"Each of us has unique gifts,
so we need to think individually as well as corporately. Partnership is
a dynamic, ever-evolving concept, and I want us to engage in projects and
initiatives that enhance our professional growth while also establishing
and strengthening bonds among the faculty."
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