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ERIC Number: ED403605
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996-Nov-23
Pages: 19
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Linking Department and Forensics Directing in the Small College.
Derryberry, Bob R.
Department chairmanship responsibilities are becoming heavier in the face of the demands associated with issues that challenge academic communities at the close of the 20th century. A director of forensics is occupied with decisions about the forensics program's philosophy, to provide understanding and impetus for team and individual goals, and its specific dimensions. A director must be, often simultaneously, coach, administrator, counselor, scholar, and teacher. With a review of roles and duties that accompany the positions of department chair and forensics director, an important question must focus on possible advantages and disadvantages of combining the responsibilities in the small college setting. Benefits of combining the two positions include the integration of speech activity within the department, recruiting potential, calendar coordination, educational scrutiny of forensics, and joint visibility through cooperative educational service. Some disadvantages are possible competition for attention, potential for inordinate emphasis of forensics, and a possible interpretation of chair favoritism for special interests. Survival with the dual directorship includes strategies such as colleague cooperation, delegation of responsibilities, organization, and guarding against isolation. (Contains 12 references.) (CR)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A