ERIC Number: ED028711
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1969-Mar-4
Reference Count: 0
The Training of New Department Chairmen. The Need, Present and Proposed Programs.
Although universities have an interest in recruiting, retaining and developing the administrative and educational abilities of department chairmen, most institutions do little to help fulfill the chairman's needs for role socialization and development and for understanding administrative procedures. Training programs are few, mostly because of a denigration of administration by professors. The Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE) has developed a Department Chairman Program to give deans and chairmen new opportunities for collaborating in ways consistent with academic values. Individual programs are being designed that take into account differences in institutions and in disciplinary interests of chairmen and common interests in role clarification, development of common reference groups, work on specific administrative topics, and role development. While continuing to run institutes for chairmen and deans on departmental administration, the WICHE program is directed toward 2 efforts: development of ongoing programs of continuing education for chairmen and deans in various regions of the West; and stimulation of complementary activities and organizations within the academic professions. Attention is focused on the new chairman. The program planners hope to encourage deans to use their influence in selecting, evaluating and protecting the interests of chairmen. In helping to define the role and responsibilities of chairmen, the program aims to link administrative training to the resolution of fundamental educational issues. Much reference material is included. (JS)
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Authoring Institution: Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education, Boulder, CO.
Note: Paper presented at the American Association for Higher Education's 24th National Conference on Higher Education, Chicago, Ill., Mar 2-5, 69