If higher education is to fulfill its vital social mission, newdepartment leaders must be prepared for their positions and get upto speed on the basics quickly, educating themselves about the roleand continuing to learn on the job.
In this second edition of his classic resource, Don Chu outlinesthe proven ideas and strategies new department chairs need in orderto do their jobs well. Thoroughly revised and updated, TheDepartment Chair Primer contains information that addresses thecurrent pressures and challenges in higher education and offerspractical suggestions for responding to them.
Filled with illustrative examples, the book gets straight to theheart of challenges and issues. Each chapter details a particularproblem, includes a brief introduction to the topic, and providestips on how to deal with the situation. Covering a wealth oftopics, The Department Chair Primer
- Explores the chair's role as department leader
- Offers suggestions for handling stress and conflict
- Includes information on budgeting, resource management, anddevelopment
- Contains strategies for professional development, peoplemanagement, and working with challenging personnel
- Presents ideas for handling department communications, studentdevelopment, and strategic positioning
Written in a concise and accessible manner, The Department ChairPrimer is an ideal resource for the busy new department chair.
|Series:||Jossey-Bass Resources for Department Chairs Series , #131|
|Product dimensions:||5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)|
About the Author
Don Chu is dean of the College of Education, Health, and Human Services at California State University, San Marcos. He is the founder of Academic Leadership Consulting and was formerly dean at the University of West Florida.
Table of Contents
Preface to the New Edition vii
PART ONE: WHAT NEW CHAIRS NEED TO KNOW 1
1 Why Department Chairs Are Important 3
2 The Chair’s Role as Department Leader 9
3 The Chair’s Ecosystem 16
4 Handling Stress and Conflict 26
5 What Kind of Chair Will You Be? 30
PART TWO: GETTING STARTED: HOW NEW CHAIRS CAN MAKE ADIFFERENCE 35
6 Before You Begin 37
7 Planning 42
8 Budget, Resource Management, and Development 52
9 Curriculum, Scheduling, and Instruction 67
10 Professional Development, Personnel Management, andHandling Challenging Personnel 76
11 Departmental Communication 85
12 Student Development 92
13 Strategic Positioning 97
14 Understanding Your Institution and Your Role asDepartment Chair 102
The Author 111
This book is dedicated to those who hold most dear honor,loyalty, service, and integrity: to my parents, who taught me theseprinciples; to my children, who carry forward these virtues; and tomy wife, Janine, whose love reminds me why they are soimportant.