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Creaton, Jane; Heard-Lauréote, Karen – Higher Education Policy, 2021
There is a dissonance between the formal role of head of academic department represented in institutional discourses and the reality of heads' working practices. This paper provides insight, from the perspective of heads, about how the role is experienced and enacted in one institution. Data are derived from 20 semi-structured interviews with…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Universities, Departments, Middle Management
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White-Lewis, Damani K. – Teachers College Record, 2021
Background/Context: Although academic departments have more tools to advance faculty diversity than ever before, many still downplay their own responsibility throughout the hiring process. This results in a cycle of apathy that activates once searches are already under way, and structural change is out of reach. Yet few studies empirically outline…
Descriptors: College Faculty, Diversity (Faculty), Teacher Selection, Departments
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Minnotte, Krista Lynn; Pedersen, Daphne E. – Innovative Higher Education, 2021
The underrepresentation of women faculty in the STEM fields (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) remains a persistent feature of academia, with turnover being a contributing factor. The departmental context is likely implicated in the decision to stay or leave, as it is one of the key defining features of faculty members' work…
Descriptors: Faculty Mobility, Women Faculty, Disproportionate Representation, Intention
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Senter, Mary Scheuer; Ciabattari, Teresa; Amaya, Nicole V. – Teaching Sociology, 2021
Sociology faculty are accountable to multiple stakeholders to demonstrate that our academic programs are effective and that students are learning. Despite the ubiquity of mandated program review practices, which often include the assessment of student learning, research is lacking on the extent to which these efforts lead to improvements in…
Descriptors: Sociology, Departments, Universities, Department Heads
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Wong, Victoria; Dillon, Justin – Research in Science & Technological Education, 2020
Background: There are frequent calls in the literature for school science and mathematics departments to collaborate, largely in response to perceived overlaps between the two subjects in the context of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). Yet few studies explore how such collaborations might work. This paper is unusual both in…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Science Departments, Departments, Mathematics
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Martinez, Antonio Estevan; Gehrtz, Jessica; Rasmussen, Chris; LaTona-Tequida, Talia; Vroom, Kristen – Innovative Higher Education, 2022
One way that university mathematics departments across the United States are making efforts to improve their introductory mathematics courses is by implementing or increasing the level of course coordination. This can entail creating uniform course elements for multi-section courses and efforts to build a community of practice among the…
Descriptors: College Mathematics, Departments, Coordination, Communities of Practice
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Basu, Partha; Deiss, Frédérique; Long, Eric C. – Journal of Chemical Education, 2022
A time- and cost-effective strategy aimed at increasing awareness of diversity, equity, inclusion, respect (DEIR), safety, and other issues within a typical graduate program is described. Using a brief portion of time (up to [approximately]10 min) at the commencement of each weekly departmental colloquium event, graduate students under faculty…
Descriptors: Diversity, Equal Education, Inclusion, Safety
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Sutton, Paul S.; Knuth, Randy – Journal of Curriculum Studies, 2020
High school academic departments remain under-examined yet powerful entities in American high schools. High status department leaders create and sustain narratives around teaching and learning, disciplinary-specific best practices, and the overall efficacy and effectiveness of any number of school improvement policies and initiatives promoted by…
Descriptors: High Schools, Departments, Educational Change, Problem Based Learning
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Podolyanchuk, Stanislav – Problems of Education in the 21st Century, 2020
Research is an essential part of university activity. The evaluation of research activities is not only of scientific, but also of practical interest. Currently, however, the research evaluation is used primarily either for the analysis of the activities of a university as a whole or for tackling specific tasks, usually related to the financing of…
Descriptors: Research, College Administration, Foreign Countries, Departments
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Wald, Navé; Golding, Clinton – Studies in Higher Education, 2020
The academic department is a key administrative unit in universities, and so heading, or chairing, a department is a key role. However, it is also known to be a challenging role and academics are often reluctant assume this position. Despite its importance, the head's role has not received sufficient academic attention and needs further…
Descriptors: Department Heads, Leadership Role, Research Universities, Foreign Countries
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Abokhashabah, Tarek; Albar, Fares – International Education Studies, 2021
This paper investigates the potential efficiency of researches from various departments under a common faculty in terms of their individual publications. The outcome in terms of the number of research publications of the eight departments working under the faculty of engineering at King Abdul-Aziz University was utilized as the case for these…
Descriptors: Faculty Publishing, College Faculty, Departments, Efficiency
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Ghasemy, Majid; Akbarzadeh, Mahdi; Gaskin, James Eric – Asia Pacific Education Review, 2022
There is a great emphasis on the importance of serving communities and the need to study servant leadership in recent higher education literature. Yet, academics' community citizenship behavior has not been examined through applied research. To address these issues, our study aims at investigating the effects of two dimensions of servant…
Descriptors: Leadership Styles, Foreign Countries, College Faculty, Job Satisfaction
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Briody, Elizabeth K.; Rodríguez-Mejía, Fredy R.; Berger, Edward J. – Innovative Higher Education, 2022
Higher education scholarship is focused largely on professors who guide students in their learning and students who participate in the educational process. The contributions of professional staff (i.e., those supporting the work of faculty and students) have not been as well understood, particularly those who reside in academic departments. We…
Descriptors: Professional Personnel, Universities, Departments, Cooperative Education
Zavadsky, Heather; White, Kerri – Building State Capacity and Productivity Center, 2018
The role of state education agencies (SEAs) has been shifting from a focus on low-profile compliance activities to more complex and politically charged tasks, requiring more thoughtful communications with all stakeholders. In response to this shift, SEAs have increased their communications capacity by creating communication divisions and executive…
Descriptors: State Departments of Education, Organizational Communication, Strategic Planning, Information Dissemination
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Ott, Molly; Beaumont, Joshua – New Directions for Higher Education, 2020
Intercollegiate athletics occupies a unique place in higher education, but little is known about administrators working in this area. This chapter proposes a functional definition of "mid-level" in the context of college sports, describes the prevalence of these jobs nationally, and summarizes key factors associated with mid-level…
Descriptors: Middle Management, College Athletics, Team Sports, Incidence
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