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The Department Chair Primer: What Chairs Need to Know and Do to Make a Difference, 2nd Edition

ISBN: 978-1-118-07744-3
132 pages
February 2012, Jossey-Bass
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The Department Chair Primer provides the practical information that chairs need to do their jobs well. Many of the book's ideas come from practicing chairs and are proven strategies for dealing with a variety of issues. Each chapter details a particular problem, includes a brief introduction to the topic, provides tips on how to deal with the situation, and concludes with targeted questions for further consideration. Its concise format is ideal for busy chairs which need a brief but informative resource. The second edition has been revised to reflect new pressures and challenges in higher education and the increasing importance of department chairs in responding to them.
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Preface to the New Edition vii

PART ONE: WHAT NEW CHAIRS NEED TO KNOW 1

1 Why Department Chairs Are Important 3

2 The Chair’s Role as Department Leader 9

3 The Chair’s Ecosystem 16

4 Handling Stress and Conflict 26

5 What Kind of Chair Will You Be? 30

PART TWO: GETTING STARTED: HOW NEW CHAIRS CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE 35

6 Before You Begin 37

7 Planning 42

8 Budget, Resource Management, and Development 52

9 Curriculum, Scheduling, and Instruction 67

10 Professional Development, Personnel Management, and Handling Challenging Personnel 76

11 Departmental Communication 85

12 Student Development 92

13 Strategic Positioning 97

14 Understanding Your Institution and Your Role as Department Chair 102

Resources 107

References 109

The Author 111

Index 113

This book is dedicated to those who hold most dear honor, loyalty, service, and integrity: to my parents, who taught me these principles; to my children, who carry forward these virtues; and to my wife, Janine, whose love reminds me why they are so important.

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Don Chu is dean of the College of Education, Health, and Human Services at California State University, San Marcos. He is the founder of Academic Leadership Consulting and was formerly dean at the University of West Florida.

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