potential applicant for an interim position September 5

Interim Administrative Appointments in Higher Education: Considerations for Potential Applicants

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In a recent article, we delineated several institutional motivations for and benefits of interim administrative appointments. Initially, the appointing administrator elects to immediately launch a full search or to make an internal (or even external) interim appointment. Relevant considerations might



Building Best Practices for Academic Affairs and Institutional Effectiveness May 16

Stepping Out of Silos: Building Best Practices for Academic Affairs and Institutional Effectiveness

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Academic Affairs and Institutional Effectiveness are two of the most important units within any higher education entity and are necessary to ensure an institution is focused on accomplishing the mission. Academic Affairs is familiar to those who have functioned in



creating strong chair-dean relationship April 4

Creating a Strong Chair-Dean Partnership: What Chairs Can Do from Their End (Part 2)

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In Part 1 of this two-part series on strengthening the relationship between chairs and deans, we discussed prioritizing student success and satisfaction, capitalizing on the institution’s greatest investment—the faculty— and developing a vision that goes beyond departmental considerations. Here we


Creating a Strong Chair-Dean Partnership with a handshake March 21

Creating a Strong Chair-Dean Partnership: What Chairs Can Do from Their End (Part 1)

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In viewing the organizational structure of our colleges and universities, there is a common hierarchy of faculty, chairs, deans, and higher administration that includes a president or campus leader and may include a provost or the equivalent. Much has been



November 12, 2018

Can Innovation Be Taught?

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As budgets tighten at colleges and universities, academic leaders are repeatedly urged to be more entrepreneurial in their approaches. “It’s time to think outside the box,” we’re told. “Be creative. Be daring. Be innovative.” But what do you do if you’re not a naturally innovative person? Or how can you be creative if the people who work in your area rarely seem to display much creativity? In short, can innovation be taught? And even if it is taught, can it be learned?



5 Tips on Closing Programs November 8, 2017

5 Tips on Closing Programs

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There comes a time in the life of an academic program when it is no longer viable due to dropping enrollments, lack of faculty resources, budget cuts, changing external contexts, or other factors. When the decision is made to close a program, the department chair’s attention to planning will be vital. You will need to plan a timeline for action to make sure that your institution’s related services are synchronized with the program closure and that others affected by the closure are not caught off guard. More important, you will want to ensure that current students are not left adrift when faculty turn their attention to new programs.