I made a very similar change about 25 years ago and have honestly never
regretted the move. For the first 5 years in the full-time IT position I
continued giving lectures at honours level but in the end it became
difficult to give the students the attention they required - so I dropped
out of teaching altogether but retained some small research interests in
database techniques which later turned into part-time consultancy work and a
Directorship of the University's consulting company.
Coming from an academic background into full-time IT management puts you in
a much better position than a career IT person in my opinion. The longer you
do it, of course, the more you begin to be seen as "one of them
(administrators)" and this can occasionally be a problem. The important
thing to remember at all times is who your customers are, what they are
trying to achieve, and how you can best assist them.
It certainly worked for me!
On 24/7/02 1:39 AM, "Pat Kohrman" <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> I would be interested in communicating with anyone who has made a career
> change from full-time faculty member/part-time IT administration to
> full-time IT administration. I am being offered the opportunity to make
> such a change.
> Pat Kohrman
> Pat Kohrman
> Instructor in Business Administration
> Chief Information Officer
> Penn State University
> Berks-Lehigh Valley College
> 143 Thun Library and Information Commons
> Ph: (610) 396-6189
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