ERIC Number: ED276348
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1986-Oct
Reference Count: 0
Why Deans, Chairmen, and Other Rascals Sometimes Seem (and Maybe Are) Uncreative.
Corder, Jim W.
AAHE Bulletin, p8-9 Oct 1986
Reasons why it is difficult for deans and department heads to be creative are identified. While some deans and department heads are not creative in thinking and acting, others are creative but their creativity is not readily discernible. Their work is often slow and undramatic, consisting of tasks such as gradual position reallocations and shifts of graduate stipends. However, some deans and chairpersons resist change because they think change is wrong. A very important reason that deans and chairpersons often seem uncreative is that some universities or divisions within universities are not financially healthy. Frequently, daily life in a college or department is being frugal and maneuvering because there is not enough money to retain staff and maintain equipment. A dean or department head may be creative in keeping a unit from disintegration, but this creativity may not be evident by viewing the unit/department from the outside. A great deal of an administrator's time is devoted to attending meetings, which are necessary and valuable but disadvantageous to creativity. In addition, a department head with a visionary plan and a clear operational procedure may not be able to get the enthusiasm of faculty or the approval of supervisors. (SW)
Descriptors: Administrator Responsibility, College Environment, Creativity, Deans, Department Heads, Financial Problems, Higher Education, Innovation, Motivation
American Association for Higher Education, One Dupont Circle, Suite 600, Washington, DC 20036.
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Journal Articles
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: American Association for Higher Education, Washington, DC.