Chairs' Corner

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Welcome to NCA’s Chairs’ Corner, a resource page for department chairs and heads. The Chairs’ Corner is a virtual space where chairs from community colleges through doctoral institutions can access institutional data, information on accreditation, and articles related to department management, faculty evaluation, promotion, and other related higher education resources.


  • Articles and books related to the role of department chair
  • Links to educational leadership websites

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Department Management

  • Information on conducting searches and hiring
  • Suggestions for mentoring faculty
  • Tips for evaluating faculty
  • Tips for hiring adjunct faculty

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Program Review and Assessment

  • NCA’s Guidelines for Undergraduate Communication Programs
  • Chair’s Handbook and Guide for Program Review
  • Resources on assessment and accreditation
  • Links to regional accreditation associations

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Institutional Data

  • Data on Communication departments
  • Links to national databases
  • Primer on using national databases
  • Carnegie classifications

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Making the Case for and Advancing the Discipline

  • Articles on making the case for oral communication in the general education curriculum
  • Articles on the centrality of Communication as a discipline

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Encouraging Research and Finding Funding

  • Articles on creating a department research culture
  • Hints on finding funds
  • Tips on writing proposals
  • Links to funding agencies

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Doctoral Chairs' Section

  • NCA's Doctoral Education Committee
  • NCA's Doctoral Program Guide
  • Guidelines for hosting the Doctoral Honors Seminar
  • Research on graduate education

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