The Administrative Management Council is the organization through which NYU administrators – management and professional personnel – participate in University governance. Founded 40 years ago, the AMC now consists of over 200 elected representatives and alternate representatives, who advocate on behalf of all administrators on key topics such as salaries, benefits, human resources policies, and professional development. The AMC brings administrators together for professional and social networking, and organizes several community service projects duringthe year.
Attend an AMC General Meeting: All administrators are invited to our monthly meetings, with AMC updates and presentations by university leadership on major initiatives. Our spring meeting schedule is online.
Join an AMC committee or group: The AMC's committees are open to all administrators.
The AMC profiled two NYU administrators, selected completely at random. Meet Ronni and Matthew!
RONNI BAERKAHN joined NYU in September 2011 and is the Program Manager of the Catherine B. Reynolds Foundation Program in Social Entrepreneurship at the Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service. Ronni hails from Long Island, NY and attended Lehigh University in Bethlehem, PA where she earned her B.S. in Marketing. Prior to joining NYU, Ronni worked at Northeastern University's College of Business Administration where she managed customized executive education programs, graduate certificate programs, and an entrepreneurship program for women recently released from incarceration.
In her current role, she manages various aspects of the Reynolds Program. Much of her time is focused on the Changemaker Challenge (CmC), a social venture business plan competition for NYU undergraduate students. She also helps to administer the Social Entrepreneurship in the 21st Century Speakers Series, a series that presents prominent social entrepreneurs and leaders from across the spectrum of public and professional sectors who share their insights as cutting-edge changemakers, and the R.E.A.L Workshop Series, a new series offered in response to the demand for greater access to social entrepreneurial related content designed to support social entrepreneurs and changemakers through practical skills and knowledge bases critical to success in the field.
Ronni enjoys working for a program with such a robust social mission and finds it rewarding to support students who are dedicated to making impactful, positive change within their communities.
In her spare time, Ronni likes to travel, play tennis and experiment with gluten-free cooking. Her favorite neighborhood lunch spot is Siggy's Good Food, located on Elizabeth Street just above Houston. Ronni is looking forward to spending time with friends and family during the holidays.
MATTHEW GEE is the Associate Director of Information Technology at the Stern School of Business. Matt landed at the Stern School after travelling the world as a military "brat." Born in Sacramento, CA, Matt's father served with the U.S. Air Force, so he has lived all over, as far away as Guam.
Matt has spent half of his life at Stern. He began as a student, moved on to part-time employee and then became a full-time employee in 1986. Matt has maximized his time at NYU by earning his B.S. from Stern in Information Systems and his M.P.S in Professional Studies in the Interactive Telecommunications Program at Tisch. Matt has covered every area in Stern IT including desktop support, PC lab management, IT helpdesk, and has transitioned to newer areas such as Web Admin, Video Conferencing and digital signage.
Matt truly enjoys all aspects of working at NYU. "I love working with the constantly changing student population and the continuing changes in the field of technology. I particularly enjoy working with my colleagues, faculty and staff to help improve procedures around the school. And," says Matt, "I have seen NYU grow in buildings, in population, and in popularity!"
In his free time, Matt loves seeing movies and, no surprise, playing with all kinds of tech gadgets.
The story does not end there. According to Matt, NYU is and always will be, his second family. He met his wife while at Stern, and they have two children, a boy and a girl, ages 13 and 15. "If they can make it to NYU, our kids will come here too!"
What is professional development? Well, in a nutshell, professional development is anything that prepares you to better perform in your professional roles. Kind of vague, right? That's because professional development comes in several forms - formal, informal, incidental, group, individual, etc. - and from various sources - on the job, HR, professional studies, etc. While most professional development activities are consciously sought, there remain many moments when you're participating in such activities and don't even know it!
There are those rare occasions where professional development "just happens." Perhaps you found yourself in a business situation unfamiliar to you, one of those "sink or swim" moments. Maybe it was that presentation you were asked to make to the University Leadership Team. It could have been that time your boss was out of town for a week, leaving you in charge of the team. Sure, you experienced a lot of sweat and maybe some tears but you made it through. And now that you think about it, you actually learned a thing or two that will help you out next time.
This example of growth through "trial by fire" is a great, albeit dramatic way to illustrate incidental professional development. Less grandiose "teachable moments" are far more common and can carry the same lasting results. Then there's "casual growth," the small things you do for yourself.
Let's say you've been in your professional role for the past handful of years. With NYU's diverse and dynamic environment, the chances are great that a lot has changed in those years, be it the business culture, the technology we use, or even your office location. Yet somehow, you always have managed to keep yourself current. Maybe you squeeze in a quick professional blog reading during lunch, or perhaps you ask one of your kids to help you with an Excel spreadsheet formula just to add a little kick to that monthly report.
Such casual and informal professional development is fine, but you can't rely on luck, circumstances, or your kids to hone and expand your professional competencies. Ideally, you want to plan and structure your professional development activities.
Ok. You get it. You're "doing" professional development even if you didn't know it. So why would you want to put effort into it? Incidental growth is all well and fine but if you're like me, you know of a few definite areas within your professional repertoire that could use improvement or expansion. To meet those goals requires a plan, and following that plan takes effort. Beyond the obvious answer as to why - I have gained a new/an increase in skill X - there are several fringe benefits to structured professional development. Here are just a few of the beneficial side effects:
Engaging in professional development - taking the time and effort to add value to "Brand You" - sends a strong and positive message to those around you, your boss and colleagues alike. Not only does professional development make you better at your role, it can make you feel better, too!
In a future article, I'll talk about planning your professional development and the PD resources available here at NYU.
The AMC Newsletter (Fall 2012) was produced by Regina Drew, Liam Fry, Rebecah Reilly, and Wendy Siegel.
The AMC is celebrating its 40th anniversary! Join us as we raise a glass to toast the AMC on this milestone on Wednesday, Jan. 16 from 4:00-6:00 PM in Greenberg Lounge, Vanderbilt Hall, 40 Washington Square South. All administrators are invited. Click here for more info and to RSVP.
NYU has created a small emergency loan program to assist employees with hurricane-related expenses not covered by insurance. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for a loan application and additional information, before the end of January.
At the suggestion of the AMC, NYU has established a policy permitting administrators and staff to take paid leaves of absence (up to 15 days) to assist with hurricane recovery efforts. Click here for additional details and the leave request form.