Dimitri Pappas is expected to learn the other side of higher education in his new position.
An associate professor of chemistry in the Texas Tech University Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry has been selected as the university's newest President's Administrative Fellow.
The President's Administrative Fellows program was developed by President M. Duane Nellis to give selected faculty members an opportunity to enhance their professional experiences by working as an administrator within an academic environment.
“My duties will be to work on one or more projects in the president's office in order to advance the university,” Pappas said. “I will work within his office and across campus to reach the goals set out at the start of the fellowship.”
The program engages participants with the current priorities and challenges at Texas Tech while giving them time to continue their teaching and research responsibilities. It is expected that after serving in this program, participants will be better equipped to serve in an administrative position, as a department chairperson or in other campus leadership capacities, as well as having a different perspective of higher education.
“Before coming to Texas Tech, I ran a research group at Johnson Space Center and also was in the management track there,” Pappas said. “I enjoy solving problems from a birds-eye perspective, and working with people in different units to reach our goals. At Texas Tech, I have worked with a diverse group of faculty and staff to meet challenges related to lab safety, and I have maintained an interest in administrative work. This appointment will allow me to broaden my experience and also apply my skills to a new set of problems.”
One person – a tenured associate or full professor who has worked at the university for at least eight years – is selected as a President's Administrative Fellow each year through an application process. The fellowship lasts nine months, beginning Sept. 1, during which time the fellow reports to the president while working on a major project and multiple mini-tasks.
Dr. Pappas is a distinguished and well-respected faculty member, which will lend favorably to his experiences as the President's Administrative Fellow,” Nellis said. “He is passionate about Texas Tech University and our priorities of offering quality educational opportunities and becoming a national leader in research.