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Facilitating a Collegial Department in Higher Education: Strategies for Success

ISBN: 978-1-118-10764-5
224 pages
June 2011, Jossey-Bass
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Collegiality is a key element that department chairs value when recommending faculty members for tenure. This practical book for chairs and deans offers a reference of what to do proactively to help departments function effectively. The book is filled with the most current ideas and research of what has worked to enhance the climate, culture, and collegiality in the department, as well as the university. The book also includes case law relative to collegiality or lack of collegiality in higher education so that readers will get a helpful guide to nurturing a more collegial department and preventing toxic situations from arising or worsening.
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Table of Contents

Foreword (Jeffrey L. Buller).


Chapter 1 Collegiality and Civility in Higher Education.

Chapter 2 Respectful Codes and Hiring for Collegiality.

Chapter 3 Strategies for Promoting Collegiality.

Chapter 4 Managing Conflict Within the Department.

Chapter 5 University-Wide Responsibilities in Promoting a Collegial Campus.

Chapter 6 Structural Realignment, Budgetary Support, and Cyberbullying (Ellen R. Beatty).

Chapter 7 Case Law Regarding Collegiality in Higher Education.


Appendix: A Four-Year Study of Department Chairs.


The Author.


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Author Information

Robert E. Cipriano is professor emeritus and former chair of the Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies at Southern Connecticut State University and is a recognized expert on collegiality, conflict management, and communication in higher education. He has conducted research on the topic of collegiality and conflict management and writes, presents, and consults frequently with a variety of institutions.

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