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 Tuesday, September 14, 2004 IssueFaculty/Staff E-Newsletter


In the Spotlight With Todd Gleeson

They lead major academic divisions and shape the direction and quality of programs for faculty, staff and students. In this new series, "In the Spotlight," we ask CU-Boulder deans to give us a glimpse into their personalities by answering questions aimed at providing a unique perspective on "the person behind the desk."  In the Spotlight will be published the second Tuesday of each month. We begin with Todd Gleeson, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences.

1. Outside of work, what do you spend the most time thinking about and why?

Since becoming dean the concept of "outside" of work has gotten rather fuzzy, but I suspect that my answer will be similar to many other faculty members. When not thinking about my responsibilities as dean, I think about the research training of my graduate students and how I can help them move ahead in their careers. I dream longingly about my own research program, and I mentally plan papers and grant proposals, both of which are forever overdue. When I'm not thinking about the University at all, I have the joys of home ownership to keep me busy and my wife Carol and I have two kids with whom we enjoy spending time. We hike, ski and enjoy quiet restaurants. I climb on a bike once in a while.

2. What time or circumstance shaped your life most and why?

As an undergraduate at the University of California, Riverside, I had the good fortune of taking yearlong courses in both biochemistry and vertebrate field biology. The faculty instruction was excellent and I became hooked on topics of carbohydrate metabolism and animal behavior. Both experiences were influential in my eventual selection of graduate training and the aspects of animal physiology I remain most interested in today. An activity early in my career as an assistant professor also had an influence on my professional life. As a young assistant professor, I earned extra money to pay my 14% mortgage by evaluating transcripts and advising transfer students for the College of Arts and Sciences. It seems that that early expertise, developed primarily by motives of financial need rather than by any real interest in university administration, led to subsequent committee and other service assignments in the College that continue to this day.

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