This is going to be a long post, but it’s important, and it’s been a big, crazy week, and it’s still not over!
But, believe it or not, none of that is my biggest news of the week–exciting as that all is. Here’s my biggest news of the week, maybe even the past 10 years for me, which is the following:
Just 2 days shy of a decade, I am departing from Butler University as an associate professor. My last day with Butler this second time around is July 28th. (My first time around, of course, was after 5 years as a student in the pharmacy program.)
Many thanks to my manager, Dr. Julie Koehler and Dean Pat Chase, for taking a chance on me back when academia was never really even in the picture for my career. Thanks to many of YOU as well for your inspiration, teaching, sharing and collaborating with my students and me over the past decade as well! I’ve had the tremendous privilege to serve BU and start many really cool, innovative projects during my second tour—like:
- build BU Well from the ground up with students,
- mentor 8 different interprofessional student book writing & publishing projects,
- create an award-winning continuing education (CE) department and programming for pharmacists–thanks to AACP above,
- expose healthcare students to entrepreneurs in a new course on entrepreneurship,
- start a one-of-a-kind drug pricing, drug formulary management and HECON APPE rotation for pharmacy P4 students,
- found & recruit the one-of-a-kind PAW Fellowship and fellow (who is a rock star), and
- innovate other courses by driving policy, advocacy and global health into them.
Over the past year, I’ve also been fortunate enough to work both for Butler and Myers and Stauffer (as my clinical site within pharmacy practice). While I love serving both organizations, my workload at Butler never decreased when I began with Myers last August. While I knew what I was signing up for at the time as a 1.4 FTE (after all, I created this crazy proposal!), what I discovered about myself during this past year is that even I have limits, believe it or not.
Yes, Erin Albert has limits. You heard it here first.
In an effort to keep my health (and sanity) intact earlier this summer, I proposed to work closer to full time for Myers and Stauffer (4 days/wk) and work part time for Butler, shedding some, but not all BU responsibilities. Myers and Stauffer graciously accepted this proposal—yay! Unfortunately, my proposal did not work out with BU.
But, in my own failed negotiation lies a gift: one free day each week to explore the NEXT erinalbert-isms I should or could be working on.
So, my fab 13 readers, what should I do with this gift of a day per week moving forward? Of course, I have a million ideas to fill each gift of one day per week, (working on #STEMPrincess project more, writing other books, more crazy crowdfunding, speaking gigs, etc.) but I’m curious what you think! I know I have a brilliant, amazing and creative network of friends with a panoply of great ideas.
I’m going to leave you with a Google form: http://tinyurl.com/OneDay4e for you to tell me what you think I should do on that free day each week.* Maybe you’ve got an idea you think I’d be great at that I never even considered before.
Please complete the form if you have ideas, or want to chat about important, passionate work; you all know that as a pharmacist, attorney, entrepreneur, mentor, writer and STEM advocate, I love supporting these professions and causes, as well as many others. I’m learning about podcasting, livestreaming, SQL, training & development, brand building for the #STEMPrincess franchise, coding and always…writing.
And even though I may be leaving Butler for now, know that they can never, EVER, take the Butler out of the girl! #GoDawgs
I am excited and feeling very lucky about THIS NEW AMAZING ADVENTURE!!!!
(*Of course, always keeping in mind that my one-day gift work could never conflict with my work at Myers and Stauffer.)