Quick Tips and Practical Advice (Jossey-Bass)
Concise answers to questions commonly asked by dept chairs. You can also sign up for their free e-newsletter, The Department Chair Insider.
Helpful Links for Department Chairs (Univ of Kentucky)
A bibliography of helpful books and articles organized by topic, plus some links to web-based resources.
This journal provides focused coverage on issues faced by academic department chairs. You can browse by issue or search within the publication.
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Finding Journal Articles
Search this database for useful journal articles. Try the following search:
(department OR academic) AND chair* AND x
...where x is a keyword relating to a topic of interest, such as mentor*, communicat*, leadership, budget*, or curricul*.
[Note that the asterisk helps to find variations on the root word. For instance, chair* will find chair, chairs, chairman, chairperson, etc.]
Below are articles about specific issues relating to the role of department chair.
Enneking, Eugene A. (2003). Preparing the Department Budget. ACE Department Chair Online Resource Center.
Matz, David. (2007). The Chair's Role in Resolving Departmental Conflict. Department Chair.
Stark, Joan S., Briggs, Charlotte L., and Rowland-Paplowski, Jean. (2002). Curriculum Leadership Roles of Chairpersons in Continuously Planning Departments. Research in Higher Education.
Higgerson, Mary Lou. (1999). Performance Counseling: The Cornerstone of Professional Development. ACE Department Chair Online Resource Center.
Buller, Jeffrey. (2009). The Chair as Campus Leader. Department Chair.
Lynch, Christopher O. (2011). Conducting a Department Meeting: The Facilitator Chair. Department Chair.
Olmstead, Marjorie. (1993). Mentoring New Faculty: Advice to Department Chairs. CSWP Gazette.
Gould, Christopher. (2010). The Chair as Coach and Referee in Tenure Applications. Department Chair.
This guide highlights books, journals, articles, and other resources that may benefit academic department chairs.