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Making a Case for Your Department

These webpages were written by Carol Ormand.

When budgets are tight, college and university administrators may wonder whether some departments are really essential. While we may feel that it is not our job to explain why the we are essential, if we don't do so, who will?

Becoming a Valued Member of Your Institution

To insure your department's value to your institution, align yourself with your institution's mission and values, be a team player, and be a source of positive public relations. The more valuable you are to more constituencies within your institution and community, the more indispensable you will be.

Strategies for Making Your Case

When you do find yourself in the position of needing to advocate on behalf of your department, here are some successful strategies and resources to help you make your case. This will be easier if you've been collecting supporting data as a matter of habit; take a look and see whether you already are.

AGI Webinar

On December 4, 2009, the American Geosciences Institute hosted a webinar on Strategies for Departmental Survival and Viability During Economic Downturns. Geoffrey Feiss (Retired Provost, College of William and Mary), Michael Perfit (Chair, Department of Geological Sciences, University of Florida), and Michael Loudin (Manager, Global Geoscience Recruiting & Development, ExxonMobil) each offered their perspectives, followed by a community discussion.

References & Additional Readings


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