The Department Chair's Role in Developing New Faculty into Teachers and Scholars
May 2000, Jossey-Bass
- Recruitment and Hiring, including organizing the search, negotiating the job offer, providing information, fielding professional/institutional questions, and planning an effective orientation
- Developing Faculty in the First Year, including orienting new faculty to teaching, addressing service concerns, developing full-year orientation programs, and creating mentoring relationships
- Evaluating New Faculty Performance by demystifying the promotion and tenure process, developing productive researchers and effective teachers, monitoring service obligations, and explaining evaluation procedures
The authors offer concrete advice and activities; model real-life situations; and provide examples of letters, checklists, and orientations that can be adapted to individual contexts. This book provides the tools chairs need to adapt habit and intuition into effective management practices. The authors’ advice will help new faculty succeed in their goals of teaching, research, and service and their new institutions, while ensuring department chairs achieve the mission and objective of their own units and the campus and college as a whole.
Part I: Making the Recruitment and Selection of New Faculty.
1. Organizing the search for a new faculty member.
2. Negotiating the job offer.
3. Providing information before and upon arrival.
Part II: Developing New Faculty in the First Year.
4. Addressing professional/institutional questions.
5. Planning an effective departmental orientation.
6. Orienting new faculty to teaching.
7. Addressing service concerns.
8. Developing full-year orientation programs.
Part III: Developing Faculty Beyond the First Year.
9. Creating mentoring relationships.
10. Demystifying the promotion and tenure process.
11. Developing productive researchers and effective teachers.
12. Monitoring service obligations.
13. Explaining evaluation procedures.
KELLY WARD has been an assistant professor of higher education at Oklahoma State University since fall 1999. Prior to that, she was on the faculty at the University of Montana where she was also the director of faculty development for the integration of service learning throughout the higher education system in Montana. Her areas of scholarly interest are junior faculty development, the service role of faculty, and the integration of service into the curriculum.
KARLA SANDERS is the director of the Center for Academic Excellence at Buena Vista University in Storm Lake, Iowa. She is responsible for the university-wide assessment efforts, meeting the needs of students with disabilities, managing the tutoring and study skills center, and coordinating the learning community program. Her PhD is in English from The Pennsylvania State University where she was the editor/conference coordinator for the National Center on Postsecondary Teaching, Learning, and Assessment.
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