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ERIC Number: ED026963
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1968-Nov-11
Pages: 7
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Relationship of the Departmental Chairman to the Academic Dean.
McGannon, J. Barry
Large, complex operations require many specialized skills that must be interrelated and integrated, and demand the concerted action of those involved. A dean who has to establish this consensus at a college or university needs the wholehearted cooperation of the department chairman. The differences in roles and relationships among dean, department head, and faculty are both necessary and important. The dean must take the overall institutional view and strive for the production of a balanced educational product. Faculty members should try to promote the view of their particular discipline while considering the overall educational effect to be achieved in students. The department head articulates and interprets the overall institutional concerns and transmits them to the faculty. No dean can be knowledgeable in all fields of instruction over which he has jurisdiction, and has to rely on the knowledge and experience of the department chairman, who is the spokesman for the intellectual aims and vitality of his discipline. Among his many functions, the department chairman sets the course for the direction and development of the department, sets up conditions of faculty service that allow faculty members to make their best contributions to the welfare of the students and the department, and balances the needs of the department against the needs and resources of the institution. His most valuable service is performed in the area of faculty selection, recruitment, and promotion. (WM)
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Authoring Institution: Saint Louis Univ., MO.