Department Management

Management Resources for Chairs

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. 

Books 

  • Camp, R., Vielhaber, M., & Simonetti, J. L. (2002). Strategic interviewing: How to hire good people. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.
  • 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.

Articles 

  • 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. 
  • McDonald, K., & Mongeau, P. (2007, October). Hiring a new colleague: The search committee’s perspective.Spectra, 10-11.   
  • Sayer, J. E. (1999). Lecturers, instructors, and part-timers: The person v the position. Journal of the Association for Communication Administration, 28, 100-103.  
  • 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.

Books

  • 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.

Articles 

Books 

  • 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.
  • Lyons, R. E. (Ed.). (2007). Best practices for supporting adjunct faculty. Boston, MA: Anker Publishing.
  • 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.

Articles 

  • Lynch, C., & Choate, E. T. (1999). New faculty: Starting them off in the right direction. Journal of the Association for Communication Administration, 27, 139-146.  
  • 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.  
  • Jeffrey, R. C., (1999). Fundraising as a persuasive act. Journal of the Association for Communication Administration, 28, 166-171.