The Trials and Tribulations of a Department Chair Dr. Philip E. Burian Chair, Business and Management Sioux Falls, South Dakota
OutlineBeing a Department Chair requires a cornucopia of skills, a high-level education, and most importantly, the patience of a Saint • So what is it you do? • Look Mom, no hands! • I see, your grandmother has passed…for the third time! • I thought I did that already…a hundred times! • My plate is full, so why do I need another plate? • Hey, who ate my chocolate ice cream! • Is that in the Faculty Handbook? Really?
The JobThe campus Department Chair has four levels of responsibilities • University • Campus • Local • Professional Development
University LevelUniversity Level activities take up nearly a third of my time but are essential to achieve One University • Business and Management Program Committee • Graduate Council Co-Chair • Assessment Workshops • Programmatic Accreditation Support (PMI, ACBSP) Education is the ability to listen to almost anything without losing your temper - Robert Frost
Campus Level The opportunities for work are infinite! Did I forget to mention other duties as assigned?• Faculty Management (4 Full-time and 45 Adjunct)• Faculty Assessment (FSS, Course Obs, Course Shells, Success Factors)• Quarterly Faculty and Course Scheduling• LDA Analysis• Retention Committee• Course Shell Reviews (150+ every other week)• Student Mentoring and Problem Resolution (not ongoing, never-ending!)• Teaching (1-2 Master’s courses and Undergrad Capstones)• Weekly Academic Leadership Meetings• Weekly IE Meetings• Weekly Academic Ops Meetings• Quarterly Faculty In-Service Meetings• Graduation College professor–someone who talks in other• Undergraduate Orientation people’s sleep• Graduate Orientation
Local Level Being visible in the local community greatly contributes to the success of the campus and the university• Key Note and Guest Speaker at Professional Organization events (PMI, SHRM, ASTD) and other universities• Avera Medical – Business Ethics• Community Event Support• Board of Directors (Sioux Empire PMI Chapter)• Lunch and Learns at local companies
Professional DevelopmentIt is critical for the Department Chair to have an up-to-date professional development portfolio• Journal Article Publication (1 complete for this year and 3 more in the works)• Certified Manager (CM) Professional Certification yearly development requirements• Doctoral Dissertation Committee Member• Performance Coaching Certification (PCC) The Gate of Change is Locked on the INSIDE - Margaret Ferguson
Summary• The Department Chair is a multifaceted job• You must be able to manage up the chain, laterally, and down the chain• THE REWARD: Being with students is where the science begins For those of you aspiring to be a Department Chair “Chairing an Academic Department” by Walter H. Gmelch I have never let my schooling interfere with my education - Mark Twain