Academic Leadership: A Practical Guide to Chairing the Department (JB - Anker) by Deryl R. Leaming

Academic Leadership: A Practical Guide to Chairing the Department (JB - Anker)

Book Title: Academic Leadership: A Practical Guide to Chairing the Department (JB - Anker)

Publisher: Jossey-Bass

ISBN: 1882982223

Author: Deryl R. Leaming


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Department chairs perform many valuable functions and occupy a variety of important roles: they are agents of change, entrepreneurs, leaders, managers, fundraisers, mediators, strategic planners, administrative representatives, and consensus builders. For any college or university to be successful, it must have strong department chairs who control the quality of its academic programs and help determine the priorities of individual faculty. Yet, the role of department chair is rarely one for which faculty members prepare.

In Academic Leadership, the author draws on over 20 years of experience as a department chair to assist chairpersons in fulfilling their duties and responsibilities. Each chapter is replete with suggestions on how to effectively manage and improve an academic department, including sections on

  • Providing leadership
  • The seven habits of successful chairpersons
  • Dealing with sexual harassment
  • Recruiting, hiring, and evaluating faculty performance
  • Building and maintaining morale
  • Budgetary matters
  • Understanding the Americans with Disabilities Act
  • Developing outcome assessment programs
  • Time-saving tips
  • Surviving the technology revolution

Designed to encourage chairpersons to analyze their own departments and develop personal approaches to problem solving, this comprehensive reference offers readers a clear idea of what the role of a chair involves and realistic advice on handling the complexities of that role.