ERIC Number: ED339298
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Oct-31
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A Typology of Career Movements of Department Chairs: Identifying Academic Leadership. ASHE Annual Meeting Paper.
Carroll, James B.
This study examined the career behaviors of department chairs in higher education and investigated possible context variables which may correlate with specific identified patterns of career movement. A total of 808 department chairs from 101 institutions were sent a questionnaire survey. The participants were distributed over eight Biglan model categories of academic discipline. The gender variable highlighted differences among chairs: (1) 1 in 10 chairs were female; (2) men were full professor for longer than women before becoming chair; and (3) females, more than males, expressed interest in administrative positions. When comparing department chairs from "hard" and "soft" disciplines, the data showed that soft discipline chairs were older than hard discipline chairs. In addition, tenure in the position of chair was longer in the hard disciplines than the soft. Hard discipline chairs were less likely to return to full time faculty after their tenure was up. Career paths before achieving department chair showed considerable variation with some general tendencies along the hard/soft and male/female variables. In addition, the chair is generally seen not as a career move toward another goal but as a brief period of service to the department and institution. Included are 2 tables and 39 references. (JB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Identifiers: ASHE Annual Meeting; Biglan Model
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Association for the Study of Higher Education (Boston, MA, October 31-November 3, 1991).