Department chairs and heads must manage multiple responsibilities to ensure effective functioning of their departments. The two largest tasks that chairs are likely to undertake are the hiring and mentoring of new faculty and the evaluation of current faculty. Increasingly, chairs and heads are asked to assist with fundraising and other related activities. Listed below are sources related to all of these tasks. Be sure to review the general readings on departmental leadership, also found in the Chairs’ Corner.
- Buller, J. L. (2017). Best Practices for Faculty Search Committees: How to Review Applications and Interview Candidates. John Wiley & Sons.
- Camp, R., Vielhaber, M., & Simonetti, J. L. (2002). Strategic interviewing: How to hire good people. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.
- Cejda, B. D., & Murray, J. P. (2011). Hiring the Next Generation of Faculty. New Directions for Community Colleges, Number 152. Jossey-Bass, An Imprint of Wiley. 10475 Crosspoint Boulevard, Indianapolis, IN 46256.
- Hochel, S., & Wilson, C.E. (2007). Hiring right: Conducting successful searches in higher education. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.
- Wallin, D. L. (Ed.) (2005). Adjunct faculty in community colleges: An academic administrator’s guide to recruiting, supporting and retaining great teachers. Boston, MA: Anker Publishing.
- Clauset, A., Arbesman, S., & Larremore, D. B. (2015). Systematic inequality and hierarchy in faculty hiring networks. Science advances, 1(1), e1400005.
- Fraser, G. J., & Hunt, D. E. (2011). Faculty diversity and search committee training: Learning from a critical incident. Journal of Diversity in Higher Education, 4(3), 185.
- Kramer, M., W., Hess, Jon A., & Reid, L. D. (2007). Trends in communication scholarship: An analysis of four representative NCA and ICA journals over the last 70 years. The Review of Communication, 7, 229-240.
- Twomby, S. B. (2005). Values, policies, and practices affecting the hiring process for full-time Arts and Sciences faculty in community colleges. The Journal of Higher Education, 76, 423-447.
- Van der Vorm, P. T. (2001, May-June). The well-tempered search: Hiring faculty and administrators for mission. Academe Online.
- Arreola, R. A. (2004). Developing a comprehensive faculty evaluation system. Magna Publications.
- Gravestock, P., & Gregor-Greenleaf, E. (2008). Student course evaluations: Research, models and trends. Toronto: Higher Education Quality Council of Ontario.
- Seldin, P. (1999). Changing practices in evaluating teaching: A practical guide to improved faculty performance and promotion/tenure decisions. Boston, MA: Anker Publishing.
- Witherspoon, P., & Knapp, M. (1999). Promotion, Tenure, and the Evaluation of Faculty. (pp. 341-359). In W. G. Christ (ed.). Leadership in times of change: A handbook for communication and media administrators. New York: Lawrence Erlbaum.
- Anderson, L. B., Gardner, E. E., & Wolvin, A. D. (2019) Constructing narratives of success in the introductory communication course: Using written self-assessments to understand students’ perceptions of learning, Communication Teacher, 33:2, 164-178.
- Becker, S. L., Galvin, K. M., Houston, M., Friedrich, G. W., Pearson, J. C., Seiler, W. J., & Trent, J. S. (2001). Making good tenure decisions. Journal of the Association for Communication Administration, 30, 95-103.
- Boyd, J. & Morgan, M. (2018) A tool instead of a chore: Measuring student learning gains in order to improve instruction, Communication Teacher, 32:3, 154-166.
- Brickman, P., Gormally, C., & Martella, A. M. (2016). Making the grade: Using instructional feedback and evaluation to inspire evidence-based teaching. CBE—Life Sciences Education, 15(4), ar75.
- Good Practice in Tenure and Evaluation: Advice for Tenured Faculty, Department Chairs, and Academic Administrators (2000). American Council on Education, The American Association of University Professors, and United Educators Insurance. Washington, D.C.: American Council on Education.
- Helens-Hart, R. (2018) Appreciative coaching for student academic and professional development, Communication Teacher, 32:4, 220-224.
- Langbein, L. (2008). Management by results: Student evaluation of faculty teaching and the mis-measurement of performance. Economics of Education Review, 27(4), 417-428.
- LeFebvre, L. & LeFebvre, L. E. (2018) “The eye in the sky doesn’t lie”: Video replay and self-evaluations as part of the basic communication course, Communication Teacher, 32:3, 167-178.
- Linse, A. R. (2017). Interpreting and using student ratings data: Guidance for faculty serving as administrators and on evaluation committees. Studies in Educational Evaluation, 54, 94-106.
- Rubenking, B. & Dodd, M. (2018) Project- versus lecture-based courses: Assessing the role of course structure on perceived utility, anxiety, academic performance, and satisfaction in the undergraduate research methods course, Communication Teacher, 32:2, 102-116.
- Beach, A.L., Sorcinelli, M.D., Austin, A.E., & Rivard, J.K. (2016). Faculty Development in the Age of Evidence: Current Practices, Future Imperatives. Stylus Publishing: Sterling, VA.
- Benisimon, E. M., Ward, K., Sanders, K. (2000). The department chair’s role in developing new faculty into teachers and scholars. Boston, MA: Anker Publishing.
- Johnson, W.B. (2015). On Being a Mentor: A Guide for Higher Education Faculty. Psychology Press: New York, NY.
- Lyons, R. E. (Ed.). (2007). Best practices for supporting adjunct faculty. Boston, MA: Anker Publishing.
- Turner, S.C.V., & Gonzalez, J.C. (2015). Modeling Mentoring Across Race/Ethnicity and Gender. Stylus Publishing: Sterling, VA.
- Twale, D. J., & De Luca, B. M. (2008). Faculty incivility: The rise of the academic bully culture and what to do about it. San Francisco, CA: John Wiley and Sons.
- Carmack, H. J. & LeFebvre, L. E. (2019) “Walking on eggshells”: traversing the emotional and meaning making processes surrounding hurtful course evaluations, Communication Education.
- Espino, M., & Zambrana, R. (2019) “How Do You Advance Here? How do You Survive?” An Exploration of Under-Represented Minority Faculty Perceptions of mentoring Modalities. The Review of Higher Education.
- Schrodt, P., Cawyer, C.S., & Sanders, R. (2003). An examination of academic mentoring behaviors and new faculty members’ satisfaction with socialization and tenure ad promotion processes. Communication Education, 52, 17-29.
Mentoring Faculty - Pew Faculty Teaching and Learning Center - Grand Valley State University.