Above: Click an individual photo to enter the photo gallery from Lesley’s farewell party.
Lesley Brown has been the Program Manager at BCMB since 2008. Recently, she took a position as the Assistant Dean of Baltimore City Community College.
Q1. Why did you choose BCMB? How has your tenure as Program Manager been?
I tend to like programs that are broader in scope because I am easily interested in things outside of my primary focus. Reputation and resources also played a role in choosing this program. My tenure as Program Manager has been great – it is always good to have a position in which there is enough flexibility to do a few things beyond the traditional role of a program manager – i.e. to be a bit creative.
Q2. What did you learn from your BCMB experience?
I learned to be resourceful – learned how to find information and how to identify people who could serve as resources. This allowed me to be a post-doc who could hit the ground running and it also helped when I started as a faculty member. In hindsight, I also learned a great deal about collegiality from watching our faculty.
Q3. What are your fondest memories of BCMB, both as a student and as a manager?
As a student it was very refreshing to see colleagues who truly LOVE what they do, in spite of some of the challenges. In coming back as a manager the enthusiasm of both new and “seasoned” faculty is still refreshing . It is special to be in such an environment – it has become more special as I have moved to different environments.
Q4. How did you choose your career path and what are you looking forward to the most at your new position?
I’ve always been a person with interests in education and teaching so I started out teaching. After one has taught for a while, you polish all of those skills needed for teaching, but there is very little development of new skills. Administration requires development of another set of skills, so I looked for positions that would help me develop those skills. In my new position as Assistant Dean of Adjunct Services, I am most looking forward to helping faculty become the best teachers they can be both on an individual level and on an institutional level. I also look forward to creating a greater sense of collegiality among both adjunct and full-time faculty.
Q5. What advice would you give to students, both current and alumni?
Be honest with yourself about what you like/dislike and about your strengths & weaknesses and then make choices and decisions that maximize what you like and are good at.
Q6. Parting thoughts?
Although change can be unsettling – don’t be afraid of it!