The Department Chair Primer: Leading and Managing Academic Departments

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What do chairs need to know from their very first day on the job? Research has shown that most chairs receive little or no training to prepare them for the demands of their new roles. They may not understand the tasks they will need to perform, how much time they will have to spend on parts of the job, and what the emotional and social requirements are.

The Department Chair Primer provides the practical information that chairs need to do their jobs well. Many of the book’s ideas come from practicing chairs and are proven strategies for dealing with a variety of issues.

This book is divided into three parts:

  • What chairs need to know to understand their departments and their new roles
  • What chairs need to know to do their jobs
  • Leading, managing, and changing the academic department

Chapters address topics ranging from department climate, politics, and budget, to time management, legal considerations, professional development, and more. Each chapter details a particular problem chairs face, includes a brief introduction to the topic, provides tips on how to deal with the situation, and concludes with study questions. Its concise format is ideal for busy chairs who need a brief but informative resource they can turn to for solutions to particular problems. The book can also serve as the basis for group discussions on campus.

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If higher education is to fulfill its vital social mission, new department leaders must be prepared for their positions and get up to speed on the basics quickly, educating themselves about the role and continuing to learn on the job.

In this second edition of his classic resource, Don Chu outlines the proven ideas and strategies new department chairs need in order to do their jobs well. Thoroughly revised and updated, The Department Chair Primer contains information that addresses the current pressures and challenges in higher education and offers practical suggestions for responding to them.

Filled with illustrative examples, the book gets straight to the heart of challenges and issues. Each chapter details a particular problem, includes a brief introduction to the topic, and provides tips on how to deal with the situation. Covering a wealth of topics, The Department Chair Primer

  • Explores the chair's role as department leader

  • Offers suggestions for handling stress and conflict

  • Includes information on budgeting, resource management, and development

  • Contains strategies for professional development, people management, and working with challenging personnel

  • Presents ideas for handling department communications, student development, and strategic positioning

Written in a concise and accessible manner, The Department Chair Primer is an ideal resource for the busy new department chair.

About the Author:

DON CHU is dean of the College of Professional Studies at the University of West Florida. He earned his BA from Oberlin College, and his MA in sociology and Ph.D. in education from Stanford University. Professor Chu has written and edited five books and numerous articles on higher education, sports, and the Olympic Games. From1988-1998 he chaired the Department of Kinesiology at California State University-Chico and served as consultant for chair affairs in the Office of the Provost from 1998-1999. He was the California State University (CSU) System Executive Fellow in the Office of the Chancellor in 1999-2000, and completed the Harvard management Development Program. Working in collaboration with the CSU Statewide Academic Senate, the Office of the Chancellor, and Dr. Sally Veregge, he conducted the 20-campus CSU Department Chair Survey (2002), and wrote the associate report. He is the founder of Academic Leadership Consulting.

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