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The Essentials for New Department Chairs



The Essentials for New Department Chairs

Carolyn Allard (Editor)

ISBN: 978-1-118-19673-1 October 2011 Jossey-Bass 109 Pages

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As a new department chair, you face many challenges?chief among them that you likely received little or no formal training in academic leadership. You may feel that you face these challenges alone, but in fact a wealth of information and time-tested techniques have been collected over the years from experienced academic administrators.

For the first time, this booklet brings together some of the best guidance and strategies that have appeared in The Department Chair, resulting in a collection that is highly relevant to a new chair?s work. The advice contained in these pages can help you build the skills necessary to successfully lead your department. This booklet is full of practical advice that can be put to use immediately, and each article is concisely written so you won?t have to spend valuable time searching for a solution or technique.

Whether you?re looking for information on how to work more effectively with your dean, how to better manage your time, how to conduct successful department meetings, or how to best facilitate change, this booklet will help?it covers all these topics and more, from the basics to the specifics.

This booklet is structured to provide guidance in four critical areas: chair as leader, getting started, managing conflict, and helping faculty and students thrive. The articles were selected to provide you with timely, comprehensive information. They detail effective practice and represent the best, most innovative thinking on topics and situations you will regularly encounter. This essential resource will become your personal guide as you navigate the responsibilities of your new role as department chair.

Introduction 1

Chair as Leader

Learning to Lead 2
by Anne V. Massaro

The Essentials of Chairing Academic Departments 8
by N. Douglas Lees, David J. Malik, and Guatam Vemuri

When Leadership Precedes Tenure: Advice for Untenured Chairs 14
by Jeffrey L. Buller

Leading Departmental Change: Techniques for Positive Impact 19
by Joseph P. Linskey

Coexisting with a Former Chair 25
by Jeffrey L. Buller

Working Effectively with the Dean 30
by David J. Malik and N. Douglas Lees

Getting Started

Time Management for More Effective Results 36
by George Crandell

Managing Tight Budgets 41
by Mary Lou Higgerson and Barry McCauliff

Conducting a Department Meeting: The Facilitator Chair 45
by Christopher O. Lynch

The Top Ten Things a Dean Wishes Chairs Would Remember 49
by William Richardson

Managing Conflict

The Chair's Role in Resolving Departmental Conflict 55
by David Matz

Strategies for Managing Difficult Personalities 62
by Harry Petersen

Legal Issues in Dealing with Challenging Colleagues 66
by Barbara A. Lee

Mediating in the Academic Bully Culture: The Chair's Responsibility to Faculty and Graduate Students 71
by Barbara M. De Luca and Darla J. Twale

Helping Faculty and Students Thrive

Building Faculty Resilience: The Key to Successful Change in the Academic Department 78
by Cynthia Schubert-Irastorza and Suzanne Evans

Creating Time and Space for Faculty Reflection, Risk-Taking, and Renewal 83
by Deborah Chang Lechuga and Roger G. Baldwin

Mending a Fractured Department: Strategies for New Chairs 89
by Randall McClure

Administrator as Interposer: Helicopter Parents Versus Alleged Malevolent Professors 95
by H. W. Elmore

Student Recruitment and Retention and Faculty Professional Development 100
by Katherine Frank, Maureen Murphy, William Withers, and Winnie Yu