The Essential Department Chair A Comprehensive Desk Reference

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  • Edition: 2nd
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2012-01-24
  • Publisher: Jossey-Bass

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Thoroughly revised and updated, this second edition of the classic book The Essential Department Chair is designed to be more comprehensive and up-to-date. The new edition incorporates many timely topics and is now truly more than a guide-it's a much-needed desk reference, a book that includes "everything you need to know to be a department chair." The book contains a wealth of new case studies and shows new department chairs how the guidelines would perform in a real-life situation.

Author Biography

Jeffrey L. Buller is dean of the Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College at Florida Atlantic University and author of The Essential Academic Dean, The Essential College Professor, and Academic Leadership Day by Day. He is widely known as a consultant, speaker, and writer about nearly every aspect of life as an academic leader.

Table of Contents

The Authorp. xi
Introductionp. xiii
The Chair's Role and Career Path
In the Trenchesp. 3
Preparing for the Chair's Rolep. 14
Assessing What Kind of Department Chair You Arep. 23
Serving as an Untenured Department Chairp. 34
Coexisting with a Former Chairp. 41
Creating a Career Planp. 49
Returning to the Facultyp. 58
Seeking Higher Administrative Positionsp. 66
A Scenario Analysis on the Chair's Role and Career Pathp. 75
Departmental Management and Politics
Understanding Departmental Ethics and Politicsp. 85
Chairing Small Departmentsp. 92
Chairing Large Departmentsp. 99
Setting Course Rotations and Schedulesp. 108
Making Decisionsp. 114
Setting Annual Themesp. 124
Creating Departmental Centers for Excellence in Teaching and Learningp. 132
A Scenario Analysis on Departmental Management and Politicsp. 142
The Chair's Role in Searches, Hiring, and Firing
Writing Job Descriptions and Position Announcementsp. 157
Understanding the Chair's Role in the Search Processp. 168
Interviewing Candidatesp. 176
Letting Someone Gop. 188
A Scenario Analysis on Hiring and Firingp. 196
Mentoring Challenges and Opportunities for Department Chairs
Helping Faculty Members Sharpen Their Focusp. 205
Coaching Faculty Members to Increase Productivityp. 211
Promoting a More Collegial Departmentp. 217
Coping with Passive-Aggressive Behaviorp. 224
Resolving Chronic Complaintsp. 231
Addressing Staff Conflictsp. 240
Overcoming Conflictsp. 247
A Scenario Analysis on Mentoring Challengesp. 257
The Chair's Role in Faculty Development
Facilitating a Positive First-Year Faculty Experiencep. 267
Coaching Faculty in Writing Effective Resumesp. 274
Creating an Effective Professional Development Planp. 279
Creating an Effective Teaching Portfoliop. 290
Creating an Effective Course Syllabusp. 302
Promoting Creativity in Teaching and Learningp. 309
A Scenario Analysis on Faculty Developmentp. 317
Best Practices in Evaluation and Assessment
Creating Written Evaluationsp. 327
Conducting Oral Evaluation Sessionsp. 337
Writing Letters of Recommendationp. 343
Doing Assessment Effectivelyp. 352
Conducting Program Reviewsp. 364
Conducting Posttenure Reviewsp. 380
A Scenario Analysis on Evaluation and Assessmentp. 389
Essentials of Budgeting and Planning
Strategic Planningp. 401
Planning a Budgetp. 411
Implementing a Budgetp. 418
Fundraisingp. 425
Accounting for Sponsored Researchp. 440
A Scenario Analysis on Strategic Budgeting and Planningp. 449
Epilogue: A Checklist for the Essential Department Chairp. 457
Indexp. 463
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