Show Summary Details

Page of

PRINTED FROM OXFORD HANDBOOKS ONLINE ( © Oxford University Press, 2018. All Rights Reserved. Under the terms of the licence agreement, an individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a title in Oxford Handbooks Online for personal use (for details see Privacy Policy and Legal Notice).

date: 16 December 2019

Abstract and Keywords

This essay was written by three psychology faculty members with extensive experience as chairs of departments of psychology of different types. It focuses on information critical to deciding whether to be a chair and how to be an effective chair. Topics include different types of chairs (chair vs. head), the roles and responsibilities of the position, the unique factors relevant to chairing a psychology department, variations in the job as a function of the type of institution in which the department is embedded (a liberal arts college, a comprehensive university, or a research university), tips for being an effective academic unit leader, and when and how to transition out of the chair role. In addition, the authors provide lists of resources that may be useful to chairs, including organizations, conferences, publications, periodicals and book series, and other resources.

Keywords: department chair, department head, leadership, higher education administration, conflict management, change management, mentoring, fundraising, time management, strategic planning

Access to the complete content on Oxford Handbooks Online requires a subscription or purchase. Public users are able to search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter without a subscription.

Please subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you have purchased a print title that contains an access token, please see the token for information about how to register your code.

For questions on access or troubleshooting, please check our FAQs, and if you can''t find the answer there, please contact us.