So you wanna be chair? Session 1: Debunking Leadership Myths and Identifying Opportunities

Type: Panel
Sponsor Groups: Careers and Professional Development
Poster #:
Day: 4/7/2020
Start / End Time: 10:15 AM / 11:30 AM
Room: Capitol Ballroom 3, Hyatt Regency, Fourth Floor
Organizers: Cerian Gibbes, Francis Koti, Kenneth Foote
Chairs: Francis Koti


This session is part of the 2020 Denver AAG Department Leadership Symposium. The symposium will bring together chairs and mid-career faculty to share resources, experiences and also explore best practices for mid-career faculty mentorship and departmental leadership preparation and transition. The symposium consists of two linked sessions. Attendees are encouraged to participate in both sessions.

Most department leadership transition practices involve external chair hire or internal appointment from among current faculty. Where the latter is the case, the selection could involve senior or midcareer faculty. Unfortunately, however, the chairs job is not always understood especially among many mid-career faculty. What most faculty hear about are the negative aspects of a chair’s job including but not limited to unrealistic expectations, too much work and less compensation, student complains, managing crisis all the time, interactions with difficult faculty, limited resources, and declined research productivity. Consequently, very little is known about the positive aspects of the job to the extent that majority mid-career faculty are either unmotivated to seek administrative roles or are simply disinterested on the basis of saving their professional careers.

Session 1 Debunking Leadership Myths and Identifying Opportunities will feature a range of panelist with experience in leadership roles.The panelists will address these and other questions:
• What exactly do chairs do?
• How do chairs manage their administrative, teaching, and scholarship roles?
• What are some professionally rewarding aspects of what chairs do that regular faculty know little about?
• What are common misconceptions about a chairs job among mid-career faculty?
• Where do the mismatches between envisioned departmental leadership and realities of leadership emerge most commonly With the most impact?


Type Details Minutes
Panelist Kavita Pandit Georgia State University 14
Panelist Keith Ratner Salem State CUniversity 14
Panelist Charles Martin Kansas State University 14
Panelist Deborah Thomas University of North Carolina - Charlotte 14
Discussant Hengchun Ye California State University - Los Angeles 14

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