ERIC Number: ED363165
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-Oct
Reference Count: N/A
The Department Chair: New Roles, Responsibilities and Challenges. ERIC Digest.
Seagren, Alan T.; And Others
This digest explores the changing role of the academic department chair in the areas of leadership, influence, and faculty development. The paper uses research insights to explore the situation of an academic chair who is squeezed between the demands of upper administration and the expectations of faculty, staff, and students. Studies of the roles and responsibilities of chairs consistently show that the chair's role is ambiguous, unclear in authority, and difficult to classify as faculty or administrator. The tradition of faculty ownership dictates that chair leadership must emphasize empowering activities. The most effective use of political influence and power understands the political forces and processes of the institution and maneuvers groups and coalitions to achieve the autonomy and control necessary to a strong department. Faculty evaluation provides the chair with a powerful opportunity for developing quality. In addition, the chair must recognize how institutional type, history, and culture, model of governance, and discipline can influence what is expected. In the coming years chairs will need a program of professional development on many fronts to acquire the skills to address the complex challenges they will face. (Contains 9 references.) (JB)
Descriptors: Administrator Characteristics, Administrator Responsibility, Administrator Role, College Administration, Department Heads, Faculty Evaluation, Higher Education, Institutional Characteristics, Leadership, Political Power, Professional Development, Teacher Administrator Relationship
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Publication Type: ERIC Publications; ERIC Digests in Full Text
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse on Higher Education, Washington, DC.; George Washington Univ., Washington, DC. School of Education and Human Development.