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

Type: Virtual Panel
Theme: Department Leadership Curated Track
Sponsor Groups: Careers and Professional Development
Poster #:
Day: 4/10/2021
Start / End Time: 11:10 AM / 12:25 PM (PDT)
Room: Virtual 3
Organizers: Cerian Gibbes, Francis Koti, Kenneth Foote
Chairs: Cerian Gibbes


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.


Type Details Minutes Start Time
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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