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Time Management for Department Chairs

ISBN: 978-1-118-08725-1
160 pages
June 2011, Jossey-Bass
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"Department chairs who have asked themselves the question 'Who knows where the time goes' should ask Christian Hansen for the answer. His book, Time Management for Department Chairs, will help chairs maximize the investment of their most important resources—their time, focus, and energy."—Don Chu, author, The Department Chair Primer

"Department chairs take note: Hansen's Time Management for Department Chairs can change your life in just three hours. Written by a seasoned academic chair, the author offers practical ideas and strategic advice about how to increase your day-to-day effectiveness (and sanity) by using proven approaches to managing expectations, organizing tasks, running meetings, monitoring communication, controlling calendars, avoiding interruptions, containing crises, and everything else in between. If you want to learn how to strike a better work-life balance, this book should be at the top of your reading list!"—Christine Licata, senior associate provost, Rochester Institute of Technology

"It's about time—the resource department chairs have the least of and what faculty want the most! Christian Hansen's book is filled with insights, techniques, and artful strategies to help chairs maximize their time while working effectively with faculty and balancing their personal and professional lives. This book is a life saver!"—Walter Gmelch, dean, University of San Francisco

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Table of Contents

The Author.

Acknowledgments.

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.

Agendas.

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.

References.

Index.

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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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