Volume IV: What works, what matters, what lasts
February 27: Understanding the role of different leaders - deans, chairs, faculty - in ensuring vital departments
Essays, Stories & Reports:
Adapted from PKAL's F21 Members
What works - A PKAL essay
Examining the unexpected challenges facing departmental chairs
It is of paramount importance for institutions to recognize the importance of departmental chairs and to cultivate their leadership abilities.
What works - An essay
Hiring new faculty: logistics, landmines and life-preservers for the department chair
- Elizabeth S. Boylan, Provost & Dean of the Faculty - Barnard College
One of the most significant challenges a department chair faces involves the leadership of the process by which a new member of the department is recruited, hired and integrated into the local academic community.
Resources from PKAL:
From PKAL Academic Leaders Workshop, College of Charleston - 1998
What Works - A PKAL Resource
Challenges for departmental leaders
Participating teams in this workshop identified a kaleidoscope of challenges that department leaders must consider.
Resources from other sources:
What works - A report
A letter to new faculty - How to talk with your department chair
- Gary Reiness, Dean of Science - Lewis & Clark College
Talking with your department chair (and dean) is necessary for many reasons: to obtain resources needed for your teaching and research, to determine whether you're making satisfactory progress toward promotion, and to negotiate the various aspects of faculty life.