ERIC Number: ED354045
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993-Feb
Promoting Excellent Teaching: The Chair as Academic Leader.
Community college department chairs have many diverse responsibilities. One role which needs to be given more emphasis is that of "promoting excellent teaching." The three conditions which must be present for a department chair to begin promoting excellent teaching are open, honest, and positive communication; the ability to provide immediate feedback related to job performance and especially teaching performance; and an environment in which individuals can openly accept responsibility for mistakes, with a focus on improving the system by learning from those mistakes. Among the guidelines and activities for a chair seeking to promote excellent teaching among department faculty, the following may be highlighted: (1) make teaching as meaningful as possible; (2) refrain from using excessive direction, which can lead to blind conformity and/or defiance; (3) help faculty set and attain realistic goals; (4) use praise freely; (5) transmit respect for each individual; (6) build pride in each person's own accomplishments; (7) capitalize on the strengths of individual faculty; (8) encourage self-competition; (9) promote independence and responsibility; (10) recognize sincere effort even if the end product is not great; (11) give feedback as soon as possible; (12) pay attention to areas of dissatisfaction and solicit faculty suggestions for improving such situations; (13) keep channels of communication open; (14) stress quality rather than quantity; (15) use a variety of approaches; and (16) act as a good role model for faculty. Four narrative case studies, with sample questions for group discussion among department chairs, are included. (PAA)
Descriptors: Administrator Effectiveness, Administrator Responsibility, Administrator Role, College Faculty, Community Colleges, Educational Quality, Instructional Improvement, Teacher Administrator Relationship, Teacher Effectiveness, Teacher Improvement, Teaching Conditions, Teaching Guides, Two Year Colleges
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the International Conference for Community College Chairs, Deans, and Other Instructional Leaders (2nd, Phoenix, AZ, February 17-20, 1993).