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QUICK TIPS AND PRACTICAL ADVICE
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How can chairs motivate faculty to engage in service-learning?

Q. How can chairs motivate faculty to engage in service-learning? Read More.

Creating Positive Relationships with Faculty: Connectors

Creating Positive Relationships with Faculty: Connectors Read More.

Why is it important for chairs to value teamwork?

Q. Why is it important for chairs to value teamwork? Read More.

What is the value to chairs of collecting and utilizing departmental data?

Q. What is the value to chairs of collecting and utilizing departmental data? Read More.

How can chairs improve the summative peer-review process?

Q. How can chairs improve the summative peer-review process? Read More.

Why should chairs consider mission-based budgeting?

Q. Why should chairs consider mission-based budgeting? Read More.

How can chairs unite their departments?

Q. How can chairs unite their departments? Read More.

How can chairs engage faculty in the change process?

Q. How can chairs engage faculty in the change process? Read More.

How can new chairs offer support to faculty?

Q. How can new chairs offer support to faculty? Read More.

How can chairs make better use of their time?

Q. How can chairs make better use of their time? Read More.

What are some survival skills for chairs?

Q. What are some survival skills for chairs? Read More.

What are some communication strategies for newly hired chairs?

Q. What are some communication strategies for newly hired chairs? Read More.

How can chairs develop an effective departmental vision?

Q. How can chairs develop an effective departmental vision? Read More.

Which strategies can help chairs to build a cohesive department?

Q. Which strategies can help chairs to build a cohesive department? Read More.

What are two major roles for community college chairs?

Q. What are two major roles for community college chairs? Read More.

What is the value for chairs in developing a leadership contract?

Q. What is the value for chairs in developing a leadership contract? Read More.

What is the first step for chairs in preparing for program review?

Q. What is the first step for chairs in preparing for program review? Read More.

Can chairs be a positive force for change?

Q. Can chairs be a positive force for change? Read More.

How can chairs create a culture of continuous improvement in their departments?

Q. How can chairs create a culture of continuous improvement in their departments? Read More.

What must chairs consider when creating an industry advisory board?

Q. What must chairs consider when creating an industry advisory board? Read More.

Delegate, Delegate, Delegate

Delegate, Delegate, Delegate Read More.

What are the characteristics of honorable chairs?

Q. What are the characteristics of honorable chairs? Read More.

Creating Positive Relationships with Faculty: Collaborators

Creating Positive Relationships with Faculty: Collaborators Read More.

How can chairs engage faculty in shared governance?

Q. How can chairs engage faculty in shared governance? Read More.

Why is it important for chairs to take the pulse of their departments?

Q. Why is it important for chairs to take the pulse of their departments? Read More.

How can chairs use department meetings to prioritize the mission?

Q. How can chairs use department meetings to prioritize the mission? Read More.

How can chairs best prepare to handle complaints?

Q. How can chairs best prepare to handle complaints? Read More.

How can chairs best delegate tasks to staff?

Q. How can chairs best delegate tasks to staff? Read More.

How can chairs implement a high-quality faculty mentoring system?

Q. How can chairs implement a high-quality faculty mentoring system? Read More.

How can chairs reduce role stress?

Q.  How can chairs reduce role stress? Read More.

How can new chairs build relationships with faculty?

Q. How can new chairs build relationships with faculty? Read More.

Creating Positive Faculty Relationships: Champions

Creating Positive Relationships with Faculty: Champions Read More.

Be Passionate About Your Department

Be Passionate About Your Department Read More.

Sharing Decision-Making Criteria with Faculty

Q. Should chairs share decision-making criteria with faculty? Read More.

Creating a Chairs Council

Q. What are the benefits of creating a chairs council? Read More.

What Deans Expect from Chairs

What Deans Expect from Chairs Read More.

Listening

Q. Are you listening? Read More.

Initiating Organizational Change

Q. Can chairs initiate organizational change? Read More.

Promoting Departmental Civility

Q. How can chairs promote departmental civility? Read More.

Committee Work

The Importance of Committee Work Read More.

Preventing Academic Dishonesty

Q. How can chairs prevent academic dishonesty? Read More.

Ensuring a Quality Faculty Search

Q. My dean has given me permission to hire one new full-time faculty member. The search committee is not happy with the applicant pool. I am fearful, however, that if I do not hire someone, we will lose this much-needed position. What do I do? Read More.

Handling the Stress of the Position

Q. How can chairs handle the stress of the position? Read More.

The Faculty Handbook

The Department Chair and the Faculty Handbook Read More.

Delegating Tasks to Faculty

Q. How can chairs best delegate tasks to faculty? Read More.

Managing Faculty Morale, Changing Duties, and Shrinking Resources

Q. What are some strategies for chairs on managing faculty morale, changing duties, and shrinking resources? Read More.

Characteristics of Honorable Chairs

Q. What are the characteristics of honorable chairs? Read More.

Tips for Chairs, Part III

Tips for New Departments Chairs, Part III Read More.

Mentoring Faculty in Teaching

Q. How can chairs best mentor faculty in the area of teaching? Read More.

Building Successful Working Relationships

Q. How can chairs build successful working relationships? Read More.

Providing Work-Life Flexibility for Faculty

Q. How can chairs provide work-life flexibility for faculty? Read More.

Working with Other Administrators

Working with Other Administrators Read More.

Productive Conflict

Q. Is conflict in a department always destructive? Read More.

Dean as Consultant

Dean as Consultant, Not the Answer Person Read More.

Promoting Faculty Diversification

Q. How can chairs promote the goal of faculty diversification? Read More.

Challenges for Externally Hired Chairs

Q. What are the challenges facing a new externally hired chair? Read More.

Conducting Effective Faculty Searches

Q. Is it possible to conduct effective and efficient faculty searches? Read More.

Self-Reflection for Chairs

Q. What are the benefits of self-reflection for chairs? Read More.

Your Department's Heritage

The Value of Understanding Your Department's Heritage Read More.

Interacting with College Controllers

Q. What do chairs need to know from their college and department controllers? Read More.

Leaving Your Legacy

Q. Leaving your legacy—Did you make a difference? Read More.

Making the Most of Faculty Goals

Making the Most of Faculty Goals Read More.

Creating Positive Faculty Relationships: Builders

Creating Positive Relationships with Faculty: Builders Read More.

Preparing for the Next Step

Preparing for the Next Step Read More.

Developing a Shared Value of Teaching

Q. What can chairs do to develop a shared value of teaching in their departments? Read More.

Choosing Departmental Initiatives

Q. Which projects or initiatives should chairs choose for their departments? Read More.

Effectively Managing Conflict

Q. What are some strategies for chairs to effectively manage conflict? Read More.

Initiating Change

Q. What should chairs remember when initiating change? Read More.

Chair as Morale Officer

High on Your Job Description: Morale Officer Read More.

Establishing a Relationship with the Dean

Q. How should new chairs establish a working relationship with the dean? Read More.

Dealing with Problem Faculty

Q. What should be a chair's first step when confronted with a problem faculty member? Read More.

Dealing with Budget Constraints

Dealing with Budget Constraints Read More.

Tips for Chairs, Part II

Tips for New Department Chairs, Part II Read More.

Energizing Senior Faculty

Q. What are some strategies chairs can employ to energize senior faculty? Read More.

Managing Personal Agendas

Q. How can chairs manage personal agendas? Read More.

Handling Stress

Q. Which question do chairs ask you the most? Read More.

Be Sure You Know Your Faculty

Be Sure You Know Your Faculty Read More.

Faculty Goals

Making the Most of Faculty Goals Read More.

The Promotion and Tenure Process

Guiding Faculty Through the Promotion and Tenure Process Read More.

Access to Institutional Datasets

Q. What kind of access do chairs have to institutional datasets? Read More.

Good Communication Is Crucial

When Dealing with People, Good Communication Is Crucial Read More.

Advice for an Incoming Chair

Advice for an Incoming Chair Read More.

Collegiality in Personnel Decisions

Q. What have the U.S. courts ruled relative to the use of collegiality in personnel decisions? Read More.

Reframing Departmental Planning

Reframing Departmental Planning Read More.

Managing Conflict

Q. Is all conflict negative? Read More.

Improving Faculty Morale

Q. How can chairs improve faculty morale? Read More.

The Hardest Part of Being a Chair

Q. What is the hardest part about being a chair? Read More.

Handling Student Complaints

Q. How can chairs best handle student complaints? Read More.

Keeping Your Dean Up to Date

Keeping Your Dean Up to Date Read More.

Helping New Faculty and Senior Faculty Work Together

Q. How can chairs get new faculty and senior faculty to work together? Read More.

Power Listening

Power Listening Read More.

Managing Up and Out

Q. What should chairs consider when managing up and out? Read More.

The Chair as Advocate

Q. Whose advocate am I: The dean's or the faculty's? Read More.

Characteristics of the Best Administrators

Q. What characteristics do some of the best administrators possess? Read More.

Dealing with the Media

Q. What should a chair know and expect when dealing with the media? Read More.

Tips for Chairs, Part I

Tips for New Department Chairs, Part I Read More.

Effective Performance Counseling

Q. How can chairs conduct effective performance counseling? Read More.

Empowering Your Faculty

Q. How can chairs empower their faculty? Read More.

Course Scheduling

Q. What are some ways that chairs can approach course scheduling? Read More.