This invaluable source book offers guidance, support and advice for those contemplating or involved in academic careers. The contributions provide rich, personal, sometimes poignant and often humorous accounts of shared and unique experiences of those in the world of academia.

Becoming a Department Chair and an Administrator

Becoming a department chair and an administrator

As I said earlier, there are few books or guidelines available on the role of department chairman. From my perspective, serving as chairman has been a full and challenging way to learn—about individual faculty members, about myself, and about how difficult it is to apply much of what we teach. … For me, the notion of learning to be more of a buffer, facilitator, and guide has been valuable and is something that I can apply even when I become a “real” professor again.

Nancy K. Napier (p. 319)

Driving home the other night, I had a sudden revelation: I am a hygiene factor. It's tempting to say that this job is invisible, but ...

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