Jim Groom does a tremendous job describing what an “instructional technologist” means to him, and I think it’s a pretty damn good description in general.
And I think it’s completely logical that he has no interest in going into administration. Some are administrators. Some are instructional technologists. Some are integrators, some are connectors, some are innovators. Some are a multitude of these personalities (a la Thomas Kelley’s The Ten Faces of Innovation).
Me? I think I’m someone who could have been an instructional technologist but is equally passionate about administration and doing administration the right way. So maybe that’s the way I go. And hopefully I’ll have a “Jim Groom” working with me while I’m handling the administrivia. Someone that passionate about doing that kind of work.