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What role does the position of department chair occupy in higher education
today? Once characterized as largely a management function, the 21st-century
department chair is now facing a host of emerging challenges that require
additional skills and fresh approaches to fulfilling the role.
In Chairing Academic Departments , the author offers experience-based
suggestions for new, existing, and potential chairs as they face a higher
education enterprise that is undergoing significant change. While acknowledging
that many traditional responsibilities and expectations will remain unaltered,
the author also identifies several dynamic functions—from entrepreneurial work
and fundraising, faculty evaluation and motivation, student recruitment and
retention, problem solving, and interpersonal interactions such as advising,
meditating, and mentoring.
The author navigates the changes arising in the role of department chair by
offering valuable insight in the following areas: Characteristics of effective
department chairs How to work with, and advocate for, internal constituents
Managing and disseminating information Recruiting, retaining, and evaluating
faculty Fiscal responsibility and strategic planning Benefits of serving as
department chair Planning to exit the chair position
While the position of department chair will continue to evolve, Chairing
Academic Departments equips readers with the situational understanding and
practical advice they need to meet the demands of tomorrow.