Is “passion” a dirty word in Student Affairs? Talk about opening a can of worms! This week’s #SAchat posed this question and I have to say that I was shocked at the strong response to this word. There were tons of folks who said they hated hearing it during interviews with job candidates and that it had reached a saturation level in our shared lexicon. Specifically, it seemed like folks were perhaps more perturbed in that passion is unable to be measured, analyzed, and proven.
I was unable to participate in the chat, as I was on my way to visit a former colleague and good friend who just had a baby. I was able to scroll through the transcript (while two-month-old baby Caldwell snoozed in my lap!) and there were two thoughts that kept coming up for me. The first was that “passion” Continue reading