ERIC Number: ED453856
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001
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Academic Leaders in Alabama Community Colleges: Roles and Tasks of Department Chairs.
Palmer, A. Dale; Miller, Michael T.
This document describes the findings from a survey conducted to compare the middle-level managers, department, and unit chairs and heads in Alabama's two-year colleges with those identified in the National Community College Chair Academy Survey of 1994. In particular, the study was designed to note differences or similarities between the national population of department chairs and those in the politically charged atmosphere of Alabama's two-year colleges. The questionnaire contained 10 demographic questions and 20 questions relative to the roles and tasks of the department chair position. A total of 114 questionnaires were mailed to Alabama administrators; the response rate was 70%. Findings include: (1) 60% of the department chairs in Alabama were male, 80% were over 45 years of age, and nearly 50% had more than 20 years experience in the community college as a faculty member; (2) less than half of the chairs (40%) had held their current position between one and five years, and prior work experience was closely divided between experience in K-12 school administration (50%), business and industry work (59%), and university of professional school experience (41%); and (3) despite modest differences in mean ratings on all items, the Alabama chairs identified three of the same top five roles and tasks as the most important in their work: planning, creating a positive work environment, and information dissemination. (EMH)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Identifiers - Location: Alabama