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Being a Chair, Head, or Director

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  • 1. Being a Chair, Head, or Director
    Arlene Carney
    August 20, 2009
  • 2. Why?
    Reasons for becoming a chair, head, or director
  • 3. Four Roles of Department Chairs
    Faculty developer
    Manager
    Leader
    Scholar
    Gmelch & Miskin, 1993
  • 4. Transitions to Leadership
    From solitary to social
    From focused to fragmented
    From autonomy to accountability
    From manuscript to memoranda
    From private to public
    From professing to persuading
    Gmelch & Seedorf, 1989
  • 5. Transitions to Leadership
    From stability to mobility
    From client to custodian
    From austerity to prosperity
    Gmelch & Miskin, 1993
  • 6. Survival Guide Advice: Know Yourself
    Know why you took the job
    Know your goals (2-3 to accomplish over your term)
    Know what pushes your buttons
    Gunsalus, 2006
  • 7. Survival Guide Advice
    Know your colleagues
    Set boundaries
    Listen well
    Key sentences
    Gunsalus, 2006
  • 8. Key Sentences for Complaints
    “What action do you seek from me?”
    “Now that I have listened carefully to you, I need to find out what the other people involved have to say. I’ll get back to you after I do that.”
    “You need to do what you need to do.”
    Gunsalus, 2006
  • 9. Work-Life Balance
    Critically important to newer generation of faculty
    Starts at the department level
    Class & meeting scheduling
    Release from teaching in a semester when a child is born or adopted
    Culture of acceptance of family demands
  • 10. Chair as “Person in the Middle”
    Responsible to the faculty and staff
    Accountable to the dean
    Balancing act
  • 11. Problem Issues
    Seek help
    Follow procedures set by the University or college
    Don’t improvise on procedures