For Chairs, the Seat's Gotten Hotter

With new demands for fund raising and assessment, academe's middle managers feel the pressure

Department Chairs Find Themselves in the Hot Seat 9

David Zentz for The Chronicle

Jackie Stallcup, chair of the English department at California State U. at Northridge, catches up on paperwork at home.

When Domenick J. Pinto first became a department chair, more than 25 years ago, it was a different job than it is today.

Mr. Pinto, who still heads the department of computer science and information technology at Sacred Heart University, created the schedule of classes, advised students, hired adjuncts, evaluated faculty members, and reviewed the curriculum.

"It was a very academic post back then," he says. "We were thought of as faculty members