October 7, 2008
Advice to a New Department Chair
No matter how reluctantly you took the job, no one forced you to accept it
I recently completed a five-year term as chairman of the political science department at the University of Connecticut at Storrs. I won't say I was a great success — you'd have to ask my colleagues and dean about that — but I did learn a lot on the job and have some survival tips for other department chairs.
During my first year as chair, we conducted three searches, one of which