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Heads and Chairs

"I have always found it fascinating that an institution dedicated to training professionals to assume positions of leadership in society does absolutely nothing to train its own leaders in the essential skills." (Feiss, 2005)

When you find yourself in a position of leadership for which you have received no training, the following resources may help you navigate the waters.


Strategic Planning

A strong department has a unified vision and a plan for achieving it. Lead your department in developing a vision and implementing a plan.


Recruiting and Retaining Faculty

Finding and keeping high quality faculty is a major concern for every department. Here are resources describing successful strategies.


Managing a Department

As the head or chair of a department, it is your job to prepare budgets, allocate resources, help resolve problems, evaluate your colleagues, and more.


Additional Resources


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