The Evolving Role of Department Chair: Leading Faculty Through Times of Change

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Pinto, Domenick
Higher Education; Educational Change; Leadership; Conflict; Administratiion; Excellence; Retention; Strategic Planning; Higher Education Administration; Higher Education and Teaching
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How does one manage conflict and change in a very volatile economic climate where academia is experiencing greater accountability, increased emphasis on outcome assessment, declining enrollment and great uncertainty for the future? The role of department chair has, in many cases, become one entrenched in conflict between the role of faculty and administrator and has experienced a tremendous evolution over the last 25 years.The role of department chair has changed as economic, social and student climates have changed. This paper will summarize collected data from chairs of departments of various sizes and types in order to discuss and understand better our ever changing role as we see responsibilities of delegating, leading change, creative budgeting and fundraising, grant writing and managing conflict become vital to our positions.