Managing People: A Guide for Department Chairs and Deans / Edition 1

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One of the most challenging responsibilities of being a college department chair or dean is to effectively manage diverse, independent, and autonomous intellectuals of the typical college faculty. Managing People is a collection of 13 essays by experienced chairs, deans, and vice presidents. Each essay tackles a different aspect of people management, explaining the dimensions and subtleties of the issue and deftly offering suggestions and resources. Contents include: Establishing a positive leadership style Creating consensus among faculty Winning over your detractors Stripping away negative defenses Handling conflict with difficult faculty Improving the odds of hiring the right person Using evaluation to enhance faculty performance.

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Meet the Author

Deryl R. Leaming is former Professor of Journalism and Dean of the College of mass Communication at Middle Tennessee State University. He earned his Ph.D. in  Mass Communication from Syracuse University, his M.A. from the University of Nebraska, and his B.A. from Fort Hays State University. He is also a graduate of a special program at the Menninger School of Psychiatry. Dr. Leaming served for more than 20 years as a department chair and dean at several different universities. He is an active member of the Society of Professional Journalists, having also served on the society’s national board and as a regional director. He and his colleagues at Marshall University won the coveted First Amendment award from the society in 1993 for their courageous support of the university’s student newspaper and the principles embodied in the First Amendment. He is the author of Academic Leadership: A Practical Guide to Chairing the Department (Anker, 1998), the editor of the online journal, Academic Leadership, and the author of many journal articles.

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Table of Contents

About the Editor.


About the Contributors.

1. Understanding Yourself (Deryl R. Leaming).

2. Understanding and Communicating With Others (Daniel W. Wheeler).

3. Establishing a Positive Leadership Approach (Lynn M. Little).

4. Creating Consensus Among Faculty (Deryl R. Leaming).

5. Using Meetings to Create Cohesion (Joan DeGuire North).

6. Winning Over Your Detractors (Thomas R. McDaniel).

7. Stripping Away Negative Defenses (Elliott A. Pood).

8. Handling Conflict With Difficult Faculty (Ben Bissell).

9. Dealing With Troubled Faculty (Howard B. Altman).

10. Improving the Odds of Hiring the Right Person (Baron Perlman and Lee I. McCann).

11. Using Evaluation to Enhance Faculty Performance and Satisfaction (Nancy Van Note Chism).

12.Building and Maintaining Morale (Deryl R. Leaming).

13. Putting All the Pieces Together to Be a Better People Manager and Leader (Deryl R. Leaming).



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