ERIC Number: ED024685
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1968-Apr
Reference Count: 0
From Machiavelli to Martians: The Challenge of Department Chairmanship.
Painter, Lorene H.
North Carolina English Teacher, v25 n3 p4-11 April 1968
The duties, problems, compensation, and selection procedures of department chairmen in secondary schools need to be clarified. Present duties of an English department chairman include developing an educational philosophy and curriculum for the department; suggesting materials and teaching methods; protecting teacher welfare; working with all teachers, including student teachers and substitutes; developing and encouraging participation in inservice training programs; and dealing with the public. Ideally, according to recommendations gleaned from surveys and journals, the chairman of any high school English department should be chosen by the principal on the basis of leadership skills, should remain in the position long enough to become familiar with it, and should be granted a reduced teaching load or moderate financial benefits. Specifically, North Carolina department chairmen have requested guidelines for the selection, responsibility, authority, and compensation of department chairmen; an up-to-date curriculum guide; reasonable financial compensation; and improved communication among chairmen. (JS)
Descriptors: Administrator Responsibility, Administrators, Department Heads, Educational Administration, English Instruction, Faculty Promotion, Secondary School Teachers, Teacher Attitudes, Teacher Improvement, Teacher Placement, Teacher Recruitment, Teacher Responsibility, Teacher Salaries, Teacher Supervision, Teacher Workshops, Teaching Load
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