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Get To Know Audrey Hicks, Acting Associate Dean For Graduate Studies

AUDREY HICKSAudrey Hicks, Acting Associate Dean For Graduate Studies

Why did you take on this role?
As I’m nearing the end of my career at McMaster, I felt extremely motivated to “give back” to the university in the form of leadership assistance.

How steep has the learning curve been?
So steep! The first couple of weeks were a complete whirlwind but I’m finding my groove now.

What have you learned since taking on this role? Any surprises?
I’ve learned to be a better juggler!

How would you describe your leadership style?
As a leader, the first thing I try to do is capitalize on each member’s own specific strengths/skill set in assigning roles to make them feel valued .... So I guess that would be best described as a coach-style leader. I also believe that it is important to lead by example.

Best way to connect with you and get your attention?
Hmmm, since I’m not on any social media, best way is to drop me an email.

What inspired you to pursue a career in science?
I’ve always had an interest in how the human body works, and I also find it fascinating how for every scientific question answered, at least three new questions emerge.

How is the pandemic complicating your work?
Of course I miss seeing people in person (I find Zoom stressful), but apart from that I have coped remarkably well working from home. Being able to convert a downstairs “junk room” into a wonderful home office space has been key.

Is there anyone you want to thank for supporting you in this new role?
Yes! Big thanks to Alex for arranging my computer setup and solving virtually every issue that has come up since (and for doing home deliveries!). And a further big thanks to Ryan for keeping me on task and providing me with all the necessary background intel that is important in this job.

How do you like to unwind when away from work?
I love to walk along the Hamilton Beach and collect beach glass.

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