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ERIC Number: ED430458
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1999
Pages: 14
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The Department Chair: Between a Rock and a Hard Place.
Wilson, Vicki
This paper provides a review of the literature on the roles and responsibilities of the academic departmental chair in colleges and universities. Carroll and Gmelch (1992) found four orientations in a factor analysis of department chair duties: leader chairs, scholar chairs, faculty developer chairs, and manager chairs. Creswell and Brown (1992) found seven distinct roles: two administrative (provider and enabler), one external (advocate), and four interpersonal (mentor, encourager, collaborator, and challenger), suggesting that different roles are appropriately used by chairs in dealing with faculty in different stages of their careers. In "Chairs in Transition" (1990), the Center of the Study of the Department Chair noted that the transition from faculty member to department chair required a major paradigm shift on the part of the individual. Gmelch and Burns (1993) identified three particular areas of stress for departmental chairs, namely, time pressures, confrontation with colleagues, and organizational constraints. Suggestions for relieving stress include restructuring the position, purging unnecessary "administrivia," protecting research interests, and training for leadership. Suggestions for academic departmental chairs themselves include time management, conflict resolution, enabling constraints, and academic productivity. (Contains 12 references.) (MDM)
Publication Type: Information Analyses
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Language: English
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