Department Chairs- Helpful Links & Materials
On this page you will find links to helpful articles, books and websites related to the role of Department Chair. Topics include: responsibilities, conflict resolution, and mentoring.
American Council on Education (ACE)
- Academic Leader: The Newsletter for Academic Deans and Department Chairs
- Change: The Magazine of Higher Learning
Books & Articles
Department Chair Role
Chu, Don. The Department Chair Primer: Leading and managing academic departments.
Bolton, MA: Anker Publishing Company, Inc., 2006
Eckel, Peter, Madeleine Green, Barbara Hill and William Mallon. On Change III - Taking Charge of
Change: A Primer for Colleges and Universities. Washington, DC: American Council on
Education, 1999. (Click here for .pdf)
Eckel, P., Green, M., & Hill, B. On change V: Riding the waves of change: Insights from
transforming institutions. Washington DC: American Council on Education, 2001. (Click here for .pdf)
Hecht, Irene W. D., Mary Lou Higgerson, Walter H. Gmelch, and Allan Tucker. The Department
chair as academic leader. Phoenix, AZ: The American Council on Education and The Oryx
Leaming, Deryl R. Academic leadership: a practical guide to chairing the department. Bolton,
MA: Anker Publishing Company, Inc., 1998.
Lucas, Ann F. Leading academic change: essential roles for department chairs. San Francisco:
Jossey-Bass Publishers. 2000.
Role of the Department Chair -Partnership for Adaptation, Implementation and Dissemination, University of California, Irvine (Click here for .pdf)
The Chair as Leader
Achterberg, C. (August 2004). Look before you leap: Transitions from faculty to administration. ACE Department Chair Online Resource Center
Benoit, P. & Graham, S. (2005). The secrets of successful chairs. ACE Department Chair Online Resource Center.
Crandell, G. (Winter, 2005). Time management for more effective results. ACE Department Chair Online Resource Center.
Downey, R. G. & Cox, K. S. (Fall 2002). Developing an organizational culture and infrastructure for administrative evaluation and feedback. ACE Department Chair Online Resource Center.
Franklin, K. K. (Winter, 2001). The 'Mikey' Phenomenon: Reflections of a First Year Chair
Hecht, I. W. D. (2002). Appointment and compensation: A theme with variations. ACE Department Chair Online Resource Center.
Kansas State University (2004). IDEA feedback for department chairs.
Wergin, J. L. (Spring 2004). Leadership in place. ACE Department Chair Online Resource Center.
Communication & Conflict Resolution Skills
Active Listening- Partnership for Adaptation, Implementation and Dissemination, University of California, Irvine (Click here for .pdf)
Cheldelin, Sandra I., Ann F. Lucas. The Jossey-Bass academic administrator’s guide to conflict
resolution. San Francisco: Jossey Bass, 2004.
Dressler, L. Consensus through conversation: How to achieve high-commitment decisions. San
Francisco: Berrett-Koehler Publishers, 2006.
Higgerson, Mary Lou. Communication skills for department chairs. Bolton, MA: Anker
Publishing Company, Inc., 1996.
Leaming, Deryl R. Managing people: a guide for department chairs and deans. Bolton, MA:
Anker Publishing Company, Inc., 2003.
Bey, Theresa and Thomas C. Holmes. Mentoring: Contemporary Principles and Issues. Reston, Virginia: Association of Teacher Educators, 1992.
Faculty Mentoring. University of California Center for Excellence in Teaching (Click here for .pdf)
Good Practice in Tenure Evaluation: Advice for Tenured Faculty, Department Chairs and Academic Administrators. Washington, D.C.: American Council on Education, 2000. (Click here for .pdf)
Jones, Kathleen W., Valerie Hardcastle, Laura Agnich. A Guide To Mentoring. A Virginia Tech Handbook, 2006 (Click here for .pdf)
Olmstead, Marjorie A. Mentoring New Faculty: Advice to Department Chairs, Dept. of Physics, University of Washington. (Click here for link)
Boudreaux, J., Exline, J., Forster, M. & Sims, P. (Fall 2003). Strategies for tough times: Planning, acquiring resources, reorganizing, and maintaining morale. ACE Department Chair Online Resource Center.
Brum, G. D. (Winter 2003). The emerging role of the department chair in development: Creating a development plan. ACE Department Chair Online Resource Center.
Fant, G. C. Jr. & Stump, M. L. (Winter 2003). An introduction to budgetary oversight for new department chairs. ACE Department Chair Online Resource Center.
Marking, K. (May 24, 2005). The mysteries of grant budgeting. The Chronicle of Higher Education.
Marquis, L. M. (Spring 2003). Balancing the budget: Individual faculty development accounts. ACE Department Chair Online Resource Center.
Morley, J. & Eadie, D. (2001). Leading change. The Extraordinary Higher Education Leader. Washington, DC: National Association of College and University Business Officers. ACE Department Chair Online Resource Center.
Neumann, A. , & Terosky, A. (2007). To give and to receive: Recently tenured professors’ experiences of service in major research universities. The Journal of Higher Education, 78(3), 282-310.
Porter, S.R. (2007). A closer look at faculty service: What affects participation on committees? The Journal of Higher Education, 78(5), 523-541.