Last year, we announced an ambitious plan to hire 500 new faculty members at Illinois over the next five to seven years. In striving to make this goal, one of the challenges we have faced is that many people have the misconception that working in big cities always has better outcomes. I think this is untrue.
Trust me when I say that I love big cities. As a New York City native, I love the hustle and bustle, the energy and the ample opportunities. When I was at Swarthmore College, I spent time in nearby Philadelphia, taking in all that the large metropolis had to offer. And when I was at the University of Washington, I loved living in Seattle.
But there were also things I could have done without: spending hours in traffic, paying for the high prices of homes and feeling a little lost in a city filled with so many people. When I came to the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, I had a very different experience. I will admit I was a little hesitant at first. But I really underestimated what a micro-urban community can offer professionally and personally. Of course, not all small cities are the same. But I really believe that the right small city can catapult a person’s career as well as add to their satisfaction.
Read the rest of my LinkedIn Influencer post, "Five Advantages of Working in a Micro-Urban Community," by clicking here.
Around the Campus
Next week, we are celebrating three investitures of faculty members with named professorships – the highest academic honors we have as a campus. Congratulations to Andrew Singer in Electrical and Computer Engineering who will be named a Fox Family Professor in a ceremony on Tuesday, May 6. And Congratulations to Debra Bragg, Education Policy, Organization and Leadership, and to Dorothy Espelage, Educational Psychology, who will both be invested as Gutgsell Professors in a dual ceremony on Thursday, May 8.
Faculty Summer Institute is May 19-21. The free event is open to all Illinois higher education instructors and professionals. Register now to claim your spot.
Preparing for Commencement? Be sure to join the conversation on social media by using #ILLINOIS2014.