Managing & Working with People
Chairs report that managing and working with people — whether senior administrators, faculty, staff, or students — is both the most rewarding and challenging aspect of their leadership roles. Learning effective ways to communicate with your dean and other administrators so that they are informed about the accomplishments and needs of your department is a key responsibility of a chair. Recruiting, encouraging performance and advancement, and the manner in which you seek to retain talented faculty and staff all inform the culture of your department and contribute to its development. Faculty within a department often have diverse backgrounds and interests. In order to get the work of the department accomplished, you must be able to facilitate teamwork, lead effective meetings, and manage demands placed on your time. Similarly, you can prevent many problems from becoming crises by learning how to resolve conflicts and how to handle common legal and human resource issues within the policy guidelines of the university.