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ERIC Number: ED521436
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 163
Abstractor: As Provided
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ISBN: ISBN-978-1-1241-3559-5
Transition into the Department Chair Role: The Manager-Leader Continuum
Crowder, James
ProQuest LLC, Ed.D. Dissertation, Rowan University
The Department Chair position is perhaps the most important position on a college campus. Not only do Department Chairs have a large number of individual tasks to perform, but a Chair's actions have potentially large repercussions, since the bulk of the pedagogical and administrative decisions made at institutions of higher education are made at the department level. The overwhelming majority of Department Chairs are not provided with any formal training about the Chair position prior to or during their tenure as Chairs--they are expected to teach themselves how to be effective Chairs. Since the roles of faculty member and Chair are very different, it generally takes several years for new Chairs to feel as if they know what they are doing. In this study, Department Chairs and Academic Division Deans at Riverside Community were interviewed and surveyed in order to gauge their perceptions of the Chair position. The responses of the Deans and Department Chairs were analyzed both qualitatively and quantitatively in order to identify resources that will allow new Department Chairs to be more properly informed about the nature of the Chair position. After analyzing both interview and survey data, the author has proposed the creation of a Department Chair Handbook and the formation of a Chair Council as the resources appropriate to this task. [The dissertation citations contained here are published with the permission of ProQuest LLC. Further reproduction is prohibited without permission. Copies of dissertations may be obtained by Telephone (800) 1-800-521-0600. Web page:]
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education; Two Year Colleges
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: California