One of the weirdest things that happens when you change positions is meeting with potential replacements. Today, a good friend of mine came to look at the position I am vacating. I loved seeing her, but talking about her working here after I leave just seems odd.
Anyway, in reviewing her CV, a number of us noted her service on the Dress Code Committee at her current employer. The major question: What did you do in a previous life that was so heinous you got assigned to this committee in this one? Turns out she vocally opposed a formal dress code, so they put her on the committee.
These queries got me thinking about committees. The best advice I got for my start-up package was to get in writing an agreement that I would have no committee assignments for 3 years. Then, in year 2, I should find a significant meaningful committee and get on it. When year 3 rolled around, I would be able to beg out of Medical Records Committee (or even the Dress Code Committee). In my case, I ended up on the IACUC, a useful if busy assignment.
What is the worst committee at your institution? Or the weirdest one you have heard about? Extra points if you served on it!