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ERIC Number: ED380836
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994-Nov
Pages: 14
Abstractor: N/A
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Building Community: Facilitating Communication within a Multi-disciplinary Department.
Griggs, John W.
At Glendale Community College in Arizona, speech and theater formed one department before it was merged, for eacanizational and budgetary reasons, with the music department. In 1989, this combined department was again merged with another, this time the foreign language and sign language department. To many faculty the decision seemed arbitrary and insensitive. Nonetheless, the common denominator among the departments of student and aesthetic production of human communication in all of its potential manifestations was undeniable. The first chair of this division was a woman from the speech communication discipline. Her style was truly gentle, caring, and loving; she was an important cohesive force at a difficult time for these various disciplines. For the person who took over as chair afterwards, however, it seemed that a different, more aggressive, less diplomatic style of leadership was called for to build the department. As schisms, feuds and recalcitrance developed among the faculty, actions had to be taken. First, conflicts were taken to a higher, less personal, and more definitive level. Repeated infractions were no longer tolerated. Second, the new chair relied heavily on at least one trusted member of each discipline. Such reliance allowed him to spend time resolving various complaints and difficulties arising throughout the division. (TB)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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