JOHN H. DOZIER: I will tell you that there
is something to be said for getting to know people online.
My work life situation is pretty unique in the sense
that I started at MIT right when the decision had
been made to abandon campus for the protection of everyone.
And so I started off in Boston for a week.
I then decided to come back to Columbia, South Carolina.
So I'm enjoying, right now, 85 degree weather
in Columbia, South Carolina.
TOM GEARTY: And I wondered about that.
They announced your appointment to MIT on February 12.
JOHN H. DOZIER: Yes.
TOM GEARTY: How have you adapted to starting work for MIT
without starting work at MIT?
JOHN H. DOZIER: For one, you're not entering these big meeting
spaces where everyone is in a suit
and tie or dressed in their best.
Which sometimes has a bit of an intimidating
factor, especially when you're the new person on campus.
And so now seeing everyone in casual shirts,
sometimes sweat shirts, and that has been very helpful.
I will say there is a part of me where I always thought that I
was a bit of an introvert.
I am good at developing relationships.
But in my quiet moments, I really
think that I generate a lot of my energy internally.
And so I would say that one of the more difficult things
associated with this has been really grappling with that.
Because I'm finding that, as much
as I thought that I was an introvert,
I indeed get a lot of energy from my day
to day interactions with people and having people around
and feeding off of their energy.
And that has obviously been a bit of a challenge here.
Part of my role and responsibility
is to think about the ways that we develop community here
at MIT, how we leverage the sense of inclusion
and belonging that we create in the development
of this community.
And obviously, community today is vastly different than what
it was two months ago.
And so we're having to really kind of think differently
about how we do our work.
This has taught me a lot about MIT in a short period of time
in ways that I probably would never
have had another opportunity to learn about otherwise.
I'm coming in and we're dealing with a crisis situation.
And not just an MIT crisis.
You know, a worldwide pandemic.
We're having to really develop some really trusting
relationships very rapidly around a lot of this.
I can't say that we will always be 100% right, that we'll
get everything 100% perfect.
But I think that we have a group of very committed
administrative staff, students, faculty,
postdocs, here at MIT that are committed to making sure
that we get this right.
I think if you just press record
as the host of the meeting I'll get a pop up
Which I did not get.