ERIC Number: ED394594
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996-Feb
Teaching and Managing: Conflicting Roles of the Department Chair.
Hoffman, Susan; And Others
Community college department chairs are called upon to be colleagues and peers, managers, and teachers, with duties and responsibilities that are usually far more complex and demanding than any college document can convey. As a result of the demands of the position, department chairs may experience role conflict or strain. Role conflicts are contradictions individuals feel between roles because the expectations of one role are incompatible with the expectations of another. Chairs are expected to participate in the budget development process, course scheduling, faculty and administration representation, student advising, conflict resolution, personnel issues, and public relations. The effects of chair role conflict include personal and health problems, stress, and loss of family time and personal support systems. While there are no guaranteed strategies to resolve role conflict, recommended techniques include the following: (1) develop chair networks for support; (2) survey department faculty for input; (3) perform and share with department faculty serious constructive evaluations; (4) avoid feeling that all decisions must be made "on the spot"; (5) employ effective time management skills; and (6) leave problems at the office. (TGI)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: In: The Olympics of Leadership: Overcoming Obstacles, Balancing Skills, Taking Risks. Proceedings of the Annual International Conference of the National Community College Chair Academy (5th, Phoenix, AZ, February 14-17, 1996); see JC 960 276.