College Administrator's Survival Guide

ISBN-10: 0674023153
ISBN-13: 9780674023154
Edition: 2006
Authors: C. K. Gunsalus
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Book details

List price: $27.00
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Publication date: 9/30/2006
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 246
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.75" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.144
Language: English

Late one afternoon, as you are organizing your new office as department chair, one of the senior members of the department drops by. He affably informs you of his plans for the coming semester: that contrary to the published class schedule, he only teaches on Tuesday afternoon, Wednesday, and Thursday morning, so as to have the weekends free for travel; that he expects the office staff to start his coffeemaker by 10 a.m. sharp on his teaching days; and that since he hasn't been assigned a research assistant, his teaching assistant will do research tasks, including errands. What do you say? What do you do? Never mind budgets or curriculum reform: staff problems can be the most thorny of any academic administrator's job. Every day, professors who have never run anything bigger than a seminar find themselves in charge of a complex and volatile organization called a Department of English (or Biology, or Sociology, or Textile Marketing). What should they do? In this book, a widely respected advisor on academic administration and ethics offers tips, insights, and tools on handling complaints, negotiating disagreements, responding to accusations of misconduct, and dealing with difficult personalities. With humor and generosity, C. K. Gunsalus applies scenarios based on real-life cases, examples from negotiation, law, and child-rearing to guide novice (and experienced) academic administrators through the dilemmas of management in not-entirely-manageable environments.

C. K. Gunsalus is Director of the National Center for Professional and Research Ethics in the College of Engineering and Professor Emerita in the College of Business at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Introduction
Embrace Your Fate
Know Your Colleagues
Negotiation
Complaints
Bullies
When Not to Improvise
Violations
Centering For
Further Reading
Credits
Acknowledgments
Index

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