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Departmental Support
"I'm the male version of a lab mom"

Characteristics

  • Michael has been at Ohio State since he graduated 16 years ago.  He was a zoology major and enjoys being involved with the Biology Department.  His wife also works on campus so they try to have lunch together at least once a month. 
  • His job is instructional support which means doing anything profs need him to do to make their courses run smoothly.  He does everything from managing equipment in the labs, including training faculty and students on the equipment to posting course material to course sites and entering student grades for faculty.  Part of the lab training includes keeping lab manuals up to date and making them available on-line.  Many of the manuals have been used for years so he put them online and points faculty and students to his website.  He also manages lab enrollments, making sure students have taken prerequisites and have signed up for the required lecture for their lab. 
  • Likes her job. "This job is pretty darn fun" Low stress and she gets to go on fun shopping trips (e.g. driving to Bodega Bay to get sea water...looked for whales during lunch), meet interesting profs, and see "neat stuff" (e.g. hummingbirds in wind tunnels, cockroaches, etc.)
  • She's very conscientious, so a bad day is one when she's messed up (ordered something too late) and isn't able to get one of the instructors she supports something he/she needs.
  • Does get frustrated by poor planning on part of professors, e.g. when all 40 students in a class need lab equipment for independent research projects and there's not enough equipment to go around.
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  • He's clearly meticulous and detail oriented; he has a list of bSpace issues ready for discussion with us in an email message
    He's a gamer who has created a bSpace site "for sharing and coordinating among (his) group of gaming friends." There are several subscribers, but it doesn't appear that any of the tools are in use

Goals

  • Know what is happening in the department, particularly if it affects her work
  • Do a good job for faculty
  • Be respected by faculty in the department
  • Have fun
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