ERIC Number: ED247819
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Apr-27
Reference Count: 0
University Department Heads: Agents of Changes.
Reyna, Sheila Sullivan
A theoretical framework for the process of faculty renewal in the 1980s was proposed, based on examination of the role of department heads as in-house agents of change for staff development. Support for the theory was sought using three empirical statements to test the relationship of department heads' manipulative orientation and social insight to the role and personal power attributed them by faculty. It was proposed that the greater the department head's social insight and persuasive tactics (Machiavellianism), the greater the power attributed them by faculty. A sample of 37 department heads and 276 faculty members were administered the Mach V for Machiavellianism, the Chapin Social Insight Test, and the Attributed Power Scales. The following variables were assessed: personal leadership, teaching and curriculum logistics, faculty career status, control of extracurricular resources, research resources, extra compensation, and committee shared concerns. Based on the findings, it was concluded that the manipulative skill of department heads does affect the power attributed to them by faculty, but only in those areas of immediate concern to the career of the faculty member. Social insight alone appeared to have limited value in increasing the power of department heads except in teaching and curriculum logistics. (SW)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (68th, New Orleans, LA, April 23-27, 1984).