Fitting Form to Function: A Primer on the Organization of Academic Institutions

Fitting Form to Function: A Primer on the Organization of Academic Institutions

by Rudolph H. Weingartner

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Institutions of higher education are not like corporations: they have multiple goals, not even limited to the central ones of teaching and research, nor are they organized hierarchically. One class of leading inhabitants, faculty members, are a cross between independent contractors and employees; another class, administrators, are a cross between bosses and colleagues. Fitting Form to Function discusses how such institutions are best organized; how decisions are best made at various levels; how administrators and faculty can effectively collaborate in giving shape to a university or college. The book takes up such topics as the office of the president, of the provost, the dean and the chairperson of a department. It considers how committees are formed to function effectively-from a faculty senate to budget and planning committees to those that advise on promotions and others that adjudicate when there are grievances. Fitting Form to Function is written in an informal style. No jargon, no footnotes, but sporting 27 recurring maxims, such as Maxim 1, In academic institutions, the forces of nature are centrifugal; organizational art must be used to create propensities toward coherence; Maxim 17, Boundaries are less likely to create solidarity among those who live within them than they constitute barriers for those residing outside them; and Maxim 23, 'A' people hire (or retain) 'A' people, while 'B' people hire 'C' people.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781442211995
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date: 06/21/2011
Edition description: 2nd Edition
Pages: 168
Product dimensions: 6.19(w) x 9.12(h) x 0.49(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Rudolph H. Weingartner is Professor Emeritus of Philosophy, University of Pittsburgh. He was also dean of arts and sciences at Northwestern and provost at the University of Pittsburgh.

Table of Contents

Preface to the Second Edition
Preface to the First Edition
The Maxims

Chapter 1: Preliminaries
Chapter 2: The President and the President's Office
Chapter 3: Collaboration and Consultation: The Central Administration and the Faculty
Chapter 4: Primary Academic Administration: The Office of the Dean of a School
Chapter 5: The Office of the Provost, the Chief Academic Officer
Chapter 6: At the Edge of the Provost's Realm
Chapter 7: The Community College
Chapter 8: Departmental Organization
Chapter 9: Faculty Collaboration: Personnel and Educational Policy Decisions and Juridical Functions
Chapter 10: Postscript on Change


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