Sometimes, when I've had a particularly rough or trying day (like today), I fantasize about my ideal, dream department. Here's a snapshot of what that department would look like:
* More than one woman on the faculty (duh).
* Statements that imply that opening up the major/our classes is equivalent to "dumbing down the major" would be completely banned. Offenders would be drop-kicked out the nearest window.
* Disagreement would not be feared and avoided, but rather seen as an opportunity for discussion and growth.
* Creative, "big picture" thinking would be embraced, not ridiculed.
* Colleagues would not make themselves feel better by repeatedly putting down others.
* Gratuitous one-upmanship (uppersonship?) would be banned. (Hmm, this seems somewhat related to the point above.)
* Senior faculty would be good models for junior faculty, or at least provide explicit guidelines for junior faculty, in terms of balance, service, research, and/or teaching.
* Good, effective mentoring of junior faculty, and more frank discussions between junior and senior faculty about our concerns, our struggles, and our workloads.
* And last but not least, I would possess a big clue stick and have free reign to use it as necessary on my colleagues. :)
What's on your "dream department" wish list?