HRE 3723: Section A
Leader Profile Paper
The subject I interviewed as the leader of my profile paper is my aunt, Dawn Brown*. Mrs. Brown has displayed leadership qualities all of her life. From getting her degree in a very small field, to having a child with Asperger’s, and now to her current job. Currently, she is the Associate Professor of Theatre Design and Technology at a local college in Massachusetts. She has been teaching at the college for ten years. Along with being a Professor, she is a costume designer, production manager, and also the costume shop manager for the Theatre program on-campus.
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Brown explained that as a costume designer, the work displayed on the stage by herself and the students must display the experiences gained through the classroom and through experiential learning. The work on stage shows how well can teach her students and how she is always striving for him or her to be proud of their work.
* As a spokesperson: She acts a spokesperson while performing the duties of the Committee Chair for Theatre Major Development Committee. Currently, at Mrs. Brown’s college, theatre is not a major, but she and her colleagues are in the process of establishing a major at their college.
* As a negotiator: While trying to get a theatre major at her college, Mrs. Brown is the negotiator. To get the major approved it has go to through the University College Curriculum, the All-University Committee, then the President of the college has to approve it, the Board of Trustees has to approve it, and then finally to the Department of Higher Education of Massachusetts to get the final approval before becoming a major. Mrs. Brown and her colleagues must submit a request to every single level listed above.
* As a coach and motivator: She acts as a coach and motivator in the classroom everyday. She pushes her students in the classroom to strive for perfection. She wants her students to be excited about the work they are doing and be proud of the project once it is done.
* As a team builder: Acting as a Production Manager, she ensures that the production runs as smoothly as possible.
* As a team player: Everyday in the costume shop and her role of Production Manager, her students, colleagues, and herself work toward completing the production. It requires a lot of teamwork. Their deadline is “Opening Night”. Mrs. Brown often works as a stitcher, first-hand draper, wardrobe crew, dresser, makeup artist, painter, scene designer, assist with decisions for casting, lighting, design, props, scene construction, and scenic painting.
* As an entrepreneur: As a production manager, she deals with the box office, publicity of the current shows, and also ticket sales.
* As a strategic planner: This is displayed when planning curriculum and lessons for the semester as well as academic advising.
Mrs. Brown explained that in her current field, she does not act as a technical problem solver. She does work with technology on some occasions, but her job is mostly hands-on training. If she does need something technical fixed, she brings it to the technology department at the college.
Mrs. Brown expressed that her greatest satisfactions come when she sees the reactions of the audience and the production on stage. Seeing her students getting their diplomas at graduation, seeing her students achieving goals they set for themselves, and when she realizes that her colleagues actually are listening to her ideas and respecting her opinions in meetings are other satisfying qualities about the leadership position she holds. The...