ISBN-10:
0674023153
ISBN-13:
9780674023154
Pub. Date:
09/30/2006
Publisher:
Harvard
The College Administrator's Survival Guide

The College Administrator's Survival Guide

by C K Gunsalus

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Overview

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780674023154
Publisher: Harvard
Publication date: 09/30/2006
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 264
Sales rank: 426,770
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.25(h) x (d)

About the Author

C. K. Gunsalus is Director of the National Center for Professional and Research Ethics in the College of Engineering and Professor Emerita in the College of Business at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

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

What People are Saying About This

Where was this book when I was department chair? It provides an extremely useful and comprehensive set of tools and skills that would help almost anyone in academic administration--and in a conversational tone, with a good dose of humor. I found myself laughing one minute and shaking my head in recognition the next. Colleges should buy this book by the truckload and provide copies to all the poor souls who are about to be thrown into the abyss of academic administration. I learned a tremendous amount.

Laura Schreibman

Where was this book when I was department chair? It provides an extremely useful and comprehensive set of tools and skills that would help almost anyone in academic administration--and in a conversational tone, with a good dose of humor. I found myself laughing one minute and shaking my head in recognition the next. Colleges should buy this book by the truckload and provide copies to all the poor souls who are about to be thrown into the abyss of academic administration. I learned a tremendous amount.
Laura Schreibman, former Associate Chancellor, University of California at San Diego

Michael Schoenfeldt

Tina Gunsalus's seminar on administrative survival skills kept a crowd of academic administrators rapt for five straight hours, and eager for more. Her advice was lucid, practical, and remarkably shrewd; she adroitly showed us how to elicit the best from ourselves and our faculty even in the worst situations.
Michael Schoenfeldt, Associate Dean for Humanities, University of Michigan

Hal Irvin

Tina Gunsalus has enormous experience as an administrator, and in this book, with the conversational tone that makes it so enjoyable to read, her knowledge and common sense shine through. The case studies she uses can be as funny as Richard Russo's Straight Man. Unfortunately, what sounds like a novel can be a real-life problem, and her recommendations for finding solutions are very useful. She used the cases in a workshop on our campus, and the academic leaders who attended found her compelling and thought-provoking--just like the advice in this book.
Hal Irvin, Executive Director, Organizational Development, Georgia Institute of Technology

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Prose is wonderful, but fiction is fiction that sells. This is the leader of some of the most notorious civil rights complaint retaliation cases at the UIUC when Asst Provost some of which had to be litigated in Chicago US Dept of Ed due to public support and leadership that caused stalking of 2 high school girls who quit UIUC high school to go to local public schools after retaliation for sexual harassment complaints. The stalking put them into a psychiatric hospital for 6 months per the local papers in that part of the 1990s in Urbana IL, and this is the genuine article who set up a stalking afterwards using UIUC staff raging at being reported to the police as police reporting staff enrages at UIUC also a state felony for UIUC staff but also civil rights legal requirement to never engage in at a rape/assault victim still being poison pen lettered inflammatory opposite to court records with a convicted felon per IDFPR since 2010 with a rap sheet since the 1993, by the UIUC per FOIA listing UIUC staff set up by Tina to stalk victim permanently listing everywhere victims had ever lived since already 9 years later by the date of the FOIA exposure reported ongoing now with UIUC staff refusing to terminate stalking with SSN DOB from FERPA protected sources required terminate in 1994 no further contact, victims can't end the UIUC. So pretty picture is a scam. The UIUC continues to operate creating and conducting real fear instead, with engagement in cases like this as a terrorist act per a US attorney at one point, to instill fear as this does in any ordinary person.
jgrann on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
An enjoyable read that hits its stride with juicy vignettes. The advise is good, but feels repetitive - know yourself, be cautious, follow process, seek counsel. Unique in its focus on leadership skills of college administrators - a very important area that could use deeper study.
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m_hall-1 More than 1 year ago
As an instructional dean at the community college, this book is an excellent guide for me.