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Book Club for Department Chairs: The College Administrator's Survival Guide 


C. K. Gunsalus

Discussion Leaders:

Joel Hardman and Laurie Puchner

Meeting Times:

Tuesday, September 24, 2019 from 2:00 p.m. to 3:15 p.m.
Tuesday, October 22, 2019 from 2:00 p.m. to 3:15 p.m.
Tuesday, November 12, 2019 from 2:00 p.m. to 3:15 p.m.


Faculty Center Conference Room (LL2030)


C. K. Gunsalus’s The College Administrator’s Survival Guide is a user’s manual for department chairs. Which is to say, it is both for faculty and about faculty. We are a complex and willful bunch. Working with and managing our fellow academics, who are often both our friends and colleagues, demands a skill-set very different from what we have needed to move through academia on our way to department head. The book offers chapters on negotiation, complaints, bullies, and balance. The facilitators have a total of eight years of department chair experience between them, and will provide discussion/focus questions in advance of each of four book club meetings.

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