ERIC Number: ED433870
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Sep
Reference Count: N/A
Preparing Department Chairs for Their Leadership Roles. ERIC Digest.
The digest is drawn from "Preparing Department Chairs for Their Leadership Roles," a "New Directions for Community Colleges" volume. Two main issues regarding community college department chairs are discussed: role-related issues facing new department chairs, and training and development programs that aid in preparing administrators and chairs. Department chairs in the community college have multi-faceted responsibilities and play an instrumental role in nearly every aspect of the college community. These important positions require skilled managers, communicators, and leaders, especially in the coming years as community colleges face many rapid and challenging changes. New department chairs are often faced with demanding circumstances that require well-honed professional skills, although there has been little focus on training and development. Effective training programs should be designed to aid chairs in the transition to a complex role and facilitate solid professional practice. Three such examples are cited: the North Carolina State University (NCSU) Program, the Administrative Leadership Institute, and the Chair Academy. In order for community colleges to be successful in the future, it is essential that department chairs have the necessary skills. The college community must continue to redefine the understanding of leadership and extend awareness of the relationship between chair behavior and institutional success. (RDG)
Publication Type: ERIC Publications; ERIC Digests in Full Text; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse for Community Colleges, Los Angeles, CA.