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How to Chair a Department

A practical, accessible handbook for chairing a department.

Over the course of a typical academic career, most faculty will serve at least one term as chair of a department. It's a leadership and service role that's at the very heart of faculty satisfaction and student success, yet few receive any training on how to do the job. How to Chair a Department is a practical, accessible handbook for new and prospective chairs, providing both principles and practices for effective departmental leadership. Based on his dozen years of chairing departments, Kevin Dettmar provides invaluable advice on:

• hiring tenure-track and visiting faculty
• mentoring faculty colleagues at every stage of their careers
• working with staff and other departmental administrators
• managing department resources and budgets
• meeting the needs of students
• dealing with stress and conflict
• connecting the department to the larger university or college as a whole
• overseeing the department's curricula
• maintaining a scholarly or creative profile
• preparing for career moves after chairing a department

How to Chair a Department demystifies this important faculty position and argues that the role of chair, though sometimes seen as a burden, can prove to be a genuine opportunity for personal and professional growth.

About the Author

Kevin Dettmar (Claremont, CA) is the W. M. Keck Professor of English and director of The Humanities Studio at Pomona College. He is the author of The Illicit Joyce of Postmodernism: Reading Against the Grain and Gang of Four's "Entertainment!" in Bloomsbury's 33 1/3 series and is a contributor to the New Yorker and the Atlantic.

Endorsements

"Thoughtful, practical, and helpful. I wish this book had been around when I started chairing; it would have made the transition smoother. Dettmar does an excellent job of describing the kinds of things that a new chair, who likely has never been in a supervisory position, should think about."

- Greg Barnhisel, Duquesne University, author of Cold War Modernists: Art, Literature, and American Cultural Diplomacy

"I love this book and wish it had been around before I wrote The Chair. No one is more informed on the subject of chairing than Dr. Dettmar, and this entertaining guide is an essential read for anyone navigating a career in the academy. "

- Amanda Peet, writer and producer, The Chair

"Kevin Dettmar has written a generous book offering practical advice and strategic big-picture and local thinking indispensable to all aspiring and current department chairs. And more: he has written a must-read for anyone interested in the ideals and the principles of ethical leadership on our campuses. Dettmar writes about leadership uniquely, in the most humane and human terms, with wisdom, gentle humor, and modesty that belie his decades of experience."

- Carolyn Dever, English and Creative Writing, Dartmouth College

"Kevin Dettmar's How to Chair a Department is invaluable: it is cold-eyed and full of practical wisdom while also being learned and humane, and always grounded on the principle that leading a department is fundamentally about serving our students and colleagues. I wish I'd had this book before I started chairing."

- Greg Barnhisel, Duquesne University, author of Cold War Modernists: Art, Literature, and American Cultural Diplomacy

"The chair's is the job with all the responsibility and, often, none of the power, but Kevin Dettmar shows how a good chair can make a great impact. Dettmar is clear-sighted yet not at all cynical, and he's a great coach for those who want to learn to be not just academic administrators but academic leaders."

- Paula M. Krebs, Executive Director, Modern Language Association

"Dettmar's generosity of spirit is what makes this book stand out in the crowded field of academic advice titles. He reminds current and future chairs that the sacrifices they make on behalf of their colleagues, students, and the institution are noble work. His practical and innovative ideas for department chairs will help them do that work as effectively as possible."

- James M. Lang, author of Distracted: Why Students Can't Focus and What You Can Do About It
Johns Hopkins University Press
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