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Time Management for Department Chairs

ISBN: 978-0-470-76901-0
160 pages
July 2011, Jossey-Bass
Time Management for Department Chairs (0470769017) cover image


In this concise, highly practical book, Christian Hansen draws on his years of research on time management for department chairs. He shows department chairs how to set priorities, create a time budget and log, harness technology to assist in time management, and make self-care a priority. As a handy paperback, this book is designed to be an easy-to-access resource that will not only make department chairs’ jobs easier but will also help them to manage stress and prevent burnout.
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Table of Contents

The Author.


Chapter 1: It's About Time: The Highly Effective Department Chair.

The Need for Balance.

You Are Already Doing a Great Job.

Personal Time Versus Department Time.

Differences in the Department Chair Role.

Organization of This Book.

Part One: Working with Limited Resources.

Chapter 2: Getting to the Point: Managing Your Priorities.

Managing Your Master To-Do List.

First Things First.

Scheduling Your Priorities.

What If There Is an Emergency?

Maintaining the P/PC Balance.

Questions to Consider and Practical Tips.

Chapter 3: The Art of Enough: Managing Your Resources.

Scarcity Versus Abundance Mentality.

How Much Is Your Time Worth?

Questions to Consider and Practical Tips.

Chapter 4: Knowing Where You Stand: Analyzing Your Use of Time.

Where Have All the Hours Gone?

Budgeting Your Time.

Preparing for the Week Ahead.

Questions to Consider and Practical Tips.

Chapter 5: Keeping It All Straight: Getting and Staying Organized.

Signs of Disorganization.

Organizing Your Office.

Organizing Your Department Filing System.

Organizing Your Computer.

Organizing Your E-Mail.

Organizing Your Calendar.

Overcoming Procrastination.

Questions to Consider and Practical Tips.

Part Two: Working with People.

Chapter 6: You Can't Do It All: Delegating.

Delegating and Referring Decisions.

Delegating Tasks to Faculty.

Delegation from Faculty to Chair.

Delegating Tasks to Staff.

Delegating Acting Chair Responsibilities.

Questions to Consider and Practical Tips.

Chapter 7: Taking Charge: Making Meetings Work.

The Cost of Meetings.

When to Call a Meeting.


Running a Meeting.

Questions to Consider and Practical Tips.

Chapter 8: The Artful Leader: Working with Faculty and Students.

Hiring Faculty.

Empowering Faculty.

Dealing with Faculty Conflicts.

Working with Students.

Counseling Current and Prospective Majors and Minors.

Helping Students with Enrollment Issues.

Advising Students with Instructor or Course Issues.

Dealing with Students Charged with Misconduct or Violations of Academic Integrity.

Taking Care of Your Own Students.

Questions to Consider and Practical Tips.

Chapter 9: Managing Up and Out: Administration and External Relations.

Working with the Dean.

Working with Other Administrators.

Working with Accreditation Agencies.

Working with Local Schools and Businesses.

Questions to Consider and Practical Tips.

Chapter 10: A Fine Balance: Managing Work-Life Balance.

Taking Time Management Home with You.

Winning the Time Lottery.

Managing Your Stress.

Claiming Your Reward for a Job Well Done.

Questions to Consider and Practical Tips.



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Author Information

Christian Hansen, Ph.D., is associate dean of computing and engineering sciences and former department chair at Eastern Washington University. During the last eight years, he has focused much of his research on time management.

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