Leading Academic Change: Essential Roles for Department Chairs / Edition 1

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Top academic scholars, authors, and consultants address topics and trends as diverse as service learning, technological change, curriculum renewal, faculty reward systems, and post-tenure review. They offer models to help department chairs and administrators work through the change process, including recommAndations based on real-world experiences. They also integrate the latest research with examples of best practices into a readable, accessible format.

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Editorial Reviews

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"To ensure its continued validity, higher education needs to change, something it cannot do without the participation of department chairs. In this book, Ann Lucas has assembled some of the most thoughtful people in higher education to provide the 'line leaders' of higher education with the essential knowledge they need to bring those changes about." (Margaret A. Miller, president, American Association for Higher Education)

"Department chairs are typically amateurs, entering upon their position for a limited time with no formal training to prepare them for the many roles and responsibilities that the job requires. Both new chairs and more experienced ones will find in Leading Academic Change help in dealing with problems they are facing as well as inspiration and insights to go beyond minimum expectations and provide leadership for the future." (W.J. McKeachie, professor of psychology, University of Michigan)

"Ann Lucas inspires chairs beyond the jokes about 'herding cats' to see their central role at the intersection of the institution and their discipline. With practical advice and a platform of sound social science, Lucas offers a promising paradigm for chairs to move their departments from a federation of islands to a decision-making team." (Carla B. Howery, deputy executive officer, American Sociological Association)

"This book is unusually good. Clear, comprehensive, and immediately useful, it should be read by every department chair." (Peter Seldin, Lubin School of Business, Pace University)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780787946821
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 3/9/2000
  • Series: Jossey-Bass Higher Education Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 352
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 1.16 (d)

Meet the Author

ANN F. LUCAS is a consultant and professor emeritus at Fairleigh Dickinson University in New Jersey, where she served as campus chair in the Department of Management. She is a diplomate of the American Board of Professional Psychology and author of Strengthening Department Leadership: A Team Building Guide for Chairs in Colleges and Universities (1994, Jossey-Bass).

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Table of Contents


A Teamwork Approach to Change in the Academic Department (A. Lucas).

A Collaborative Model for Leading Academic Change (A. Lucas).

Handling Resistance to Change (S. Cheldelin).

Transforming Departments into Productive Learning Communities (T. Angelo).


The Departmental Statement on Promotion and Tenure: A Key to Successful Leadership (R. Diamond).

Post-Tenure Review (C. Licata).

Strengthening the Departmental Voice in the Faculty Reward System (H. Altman).


Monitoring and Improving Educational Quality in the Academic Department (L. Gardiner).

Service Learning and the Engaged Department: A Strategy with Many Uses (E. Zlotkowski).

Giving Faculty Ownership of Technological Change in the Department (A. Bates).

Leading Curriculum Renewal (A. Ferren & K. Mussell).

The Academy as Learning Community: Contradiction in Terms or Realizable Future? (P. Senge).

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