ERIC Number: ED180508
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-May
Elected/Selected Division Chairmen: A Survey of Two-Year College Administrator Opinion.
Vernon, Christie D.
A survey was conducted to determine current practices in selecting/electing division chairmen at community colleges nationwide. An inquiry was sent to 58 colleges asking how division/department chairpersons were chosen, to whom they were accountable, term length, the advantages and disadvantages of the system in use, and which system (election or appointment) was preferable and why. The survey revealed that elective procedures were used by 11 of the 48 colleges that responded and that the elected chairpersons were ususally accountable to the academic dean; 33 colleges used selective procedures (appointment by the administration was the most common mode) and the selected chairpersons were almost always accountable to the chief administrative officer. The chief advantage of the appointment process was that "appointed chairpersons are truly representatives of the administration." The chief disadvantage was felt to be a loss of faculty identity. The respondents felt there was little advantage to the elective process. The advantages they noted included: the faculty was better represented and had a part in determining their leadership, that the process can involve all school segments, and that morale is higher. Some disadvantages that were cited related to role confusion and problems of loyality and impartiality in evaluation. Of the respondents, 41 favored a system of administrative appointment. (AYC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Thomas Nelson Community Coll., Hampton, VA.