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ERIC Number: EJ889042
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Jul
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 10
ISSN: ISSN-1741-1432
King among Kings: Understanding the Role and Responsibilities of the Department Chair in Higher Education
Berdrow, Iris
Educational Management Administration & Leadership, v38 n4 p499-514 Jul 2010
The role and responsibilities of the chair of an academic department in higher education is considered from the perspective of both actor and agent, within the context of the institution being served and the department being represented. The intent of this article is to further research on the role of department chair by analyzing it in the context of the institution's goals and expectations, the stakeholders affecting and affected by the department chair, and the chair's own capabilities. A 360-degree exploration of the role, expectations and competencies of department chairs was carried out at a private business university in the Northeast area of the USA, including both business and liberal arts department chairs. The results led to new development programs for incoming chairs as well as better supports for current chairs. The design of this project allowed for both the study of the role of department chair and the improvement of support mechanisms to be effective in that role. The design, data and analysis are presented, along with descriptive models. (Contains 4 figures and 2 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: Administrators
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A