The College Administrator's Survival Guide

The College Administrator's Survival Guide

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by C. K. Gunsalus
     
 

ISBN-10: 0674023153

ISBN-13: 9780674023154

Pub. Date: 09/28/2006

Publisher: Harvard

Late one afternoon, as you are organizing your new office as department chair, one of the senior members of the department drops by. He affably informs you of his plans for the coming semester: that contrary to the published class schedule, he only teaches on Tuesday afternoon, Wednesday, and Thursday morning, so as to have the weekends free for travel; that he

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Late one afternoon, as you are organizing your new office as department chair, one of the senior members of the department drops by. He affably informs you of his plans for the coming semester: that contrary to the published class schedule, he only teaches on Tuesday afternoon, Wednesday, and Thursday morning, so as to have the weekends free for travel; that he expects the office staff to start his coffeemaker by 10 a.m. sharp on his teaching days; and that since he hasn't been assigned a research assistant, his teaching assistant will do research tasks, including errands. What do you say? What do you do?

Never mind budgets or curriculum reform: staff problems can be the most thorny of any academic administrator's job. Every day, professors who have never run anything bigger than a seminar find themselves in charge of a complex and volatile organization called a Department of English (or Biology, or Sociology, or Textile Marketing). What should they do?

In this book, a widely respected advisor on academic administration and ethics offers tips, insights, and tools on handling complaints, negotiating disagreements, responding to accusations of misconduct, and dealing with difficult personalities. With humor and generosity, C. K. Gunsalus applies scenarios based on real-life cases, examples from negotiation, law, and child-rearing to guide novice (and experienced) academic administrators through the dilemmas of management in not-entirely-manageable environments.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780674023154
Publisher:
Harvard
Publication date:
09/28/2006
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
264
Sales rank:
302,174
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.25(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

  • Introduction
  • 1. Embrace Your Fate
  • 2. Know Your Colleagues
  • 3. Negotiation
  • 4. Complaints
  • 5. Bullies
  • 6. When Not to Improvise
  • 7. Violations
  • 8. Centering
  • For Further Reading
  • Credits
  • Acknowledgments
  • Index

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The College Administrator's Survival Guide 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
m_hall-1 More than 1 year ago
As an instructional dean at the community college, this book is an excellent guide for me.