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External Resources for Department Chairs

Online Resource Center
Maintained by the American Council on Education, the Department Chair Online Resource Center is provided "for those heading departments or programs and for administrators who work with department leaders."
Leadership Role of the Department Chair in Private Colleges
This study examined private college academic department chairs and their roles and responsibilities.
Good Practice in Tenure Evaluation: Advice for Tenured Faculty, Department Chairs, and Academic Administrators.
A Joint Project of The American Council on Education, The American Association of University Professors, and United Educators Insurance Risk Retention Group. From the introduction: "This report provides guidance on conducting tenure evaluations that are thoughtful and just. Flawed tenure processes can exact a heavy toll on the unsuccessful candidate, his or her colleagues, and the institution. Our hope is that the good practices offered here may lessen the frequency and impact of disputes over tenure. We seek not to debate the merits of tenure in American higher education, but rather we seek to examine the tenure process and offer some suggestions to those responsible for conducting it."
"Chairing the Academic Department: Workshops for Division and Department Chairs and Deans."
Site of an initiative of the American Council on Education,these are three national annual conferences with workshops on a variety of topics, including evaluating college teaching, conflict management, time management, shaping mission and leading change, and legal issues for chairs.
Management and Administration
Section from the Department Heads Guidebook at University of Tennessee-Chattanooga including topics of Time Management, Maintaining Department Records, Facilitating Meetings, and Managing Conflict.
Mentoring new faculty: Advice to department chairs.
Olmstead, M. (1993). Committee on the Status of Women in Physics Gazette, 13(1), 1.
Transitions: What's Love Got to Do with It?:
Kathleen T. Brinko, Appalachian State University, writes about the importance of collegiality in helping new faculty make the transition onto campus.
The Role of the Department Chair
From the UCLA retreat for department chairs (October 2007), this document covers offers advice and reflections for department chairs on managing life while being simultaneously pulled in several directions.