Quantifying things

Since July of 2013 I have been chair of the Department of Government at Bowdoin College.  My term as chair ends this June 30, and I am excited to return to the “back benches” of academia.  One reason is below.  As part of my Quantitative Analysis class, I asked Bowdoin IT to send me the number of emails I have sent every day since my appointment at Bowdoin began in 2005.  We are using the data as part of work to learn SPSS, Stata, and R.  I aggregated these data by year.   I have been chair for three full calendar years (2014, 2015, and 2016), and these appear to the right of the vertical line in the graph.  I have sent, on average, about 5,000 emails in each of those years.  This is more than double my pre-chair/post-tenure years (2010-2013) and five times the number as assistant professor.

 

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