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.
This panel will bring together chairs, experienced leaders, and mid-career faculty to share resources, experiences and explore best practices for mid-career faculty mentorship and departmental leadership preparation and transition. It is expected that department leaders will share experiences and gain insights into best practices regarding mid-career faculty mentorship and department leadership preparation and transition. On the other hand, mid-career faculty will learn about positive aspects about what department chairs do, available resources, and debunk myths about common (mis)perceptions about the chairs job.
|Panelist||Jessica Salo University of Northern Colorado||15||11:10 AM|
|Panelist||Keith Ratner Salem State CUniversity||15||11:25 AM|
|Panelist||Kenneth Foote University of Connecticut||15||11:40 AM|
|Panelist||Francis Koti Middle Tennessee State University||15||11:55 AM|
|Panelist||Cerian Gibbes University of Colorado at Colorado Springs||15||12:10 PM|
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