Presentation Type

Best Practice Presentation (45 minute presentation about a specific best practice)

Abstract

Politics is a term often frowned upon as it pertains to the role of an academic leader. However as chair for almost 29 years it has become an essential yet sometimes unwanted aspect of the daily rigors of the position. This session explores the advantages and pitfalls of “playing politics” as a department chair.

Keywords

politics, leadership, administration, governance, faculty

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The Inevitability of Playing Politics as Chair: Advantages and Pitfalls

Politics is a term often frowned upon as it pertains to the role of an academic leader. However as chair for almost 29 years it has become an essential yet sometimes unwanted aspect of the daily rigors of the position. This session explores the advantages and pitfalls of “playing politics” as a department chair.