ERIC Number: ED394582
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996-Feb
Reference Count: N/A
Marching to the Same Beat: The Benefits of Building a Chair Council across a Multi-College District.
Kochersperger, Reba; Timpanaro, Pat
When the North Harris Montgomery Community College District (Texas) opened its fourth college in fall 1994, division chairs undertook an effort to build a unified base of instructional leadership through the establishment of a District-wide Council of Chairs. The Council was designed to help chairs adopt a proactive approach to identifying and resolving instruction-related issues, develop leadership skills, become advocates for adjunct as well as full-time faculty, manage resources effectively, protect the integrity of the curriculum across the District, and mentor new division chairs. The first two projects undertaken by the Council were the creation of a job description for division chairs and the development of a district-wide approach for adjunct faculty development. The Council, now called the Associate Dean's Council, is currently in the process of becoming an official part of the District's governing process. Keys to the Council's success included involving all individuals who might be affected as early as possible, distributing accurate information during its formation to prevent false rumors, establishing specific priorities, selecting practical and reachable goals, and realizing that change takes time. A job description for division chairs showing required tasks related to leadership, curriculum revision and development, instruction, instructional services, human resources, and institutional representation is appended. (BCY)
Descriptors: Academic Deans, Adjunct Faculty, Administrator Responsibility, Administrator Role, College Governing Councils, Community Colleges, Department Heads, Instructional Leadership, Multicampus Districts, Occupational Information, Organizational Development, Program Implementation, Two Year Colleges
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: North Harris Montgomery Community College Dist TX
Note: In: The Olympics of Leadership: Overcoming Obstacles, Balancing Skills, Taking Risks. Proceedings of the Annual International Conference of the National Community College Chair Academy (5th, Phoenix, AZ, February 14-17, 1996); see JC 960 276.