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How They Work, How They Change

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Academic Departments: How They Work, How They Change by Barbara E. Walvoord
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A practical tool for instigating change, this report, supported by in--depth studies at eight college campuses, reveals how change can be effected at many different levels withing the academic departmental structure. Demonstrates how centralized resources and administrative unites, unions, student and others can impact departmental power, and outlines effective steps to take to initiate reform and new directions.

Table of Contents

Introduction. Assesing the Pressures for Departmental Change. Examining Values in the Department. The Discipline and the Department. Departmental Relations with Central Administration. Departmental Organization, Decision Making, and Interaction. Departmental Leadership. Departmental Work, Faculty Roles, and Rewards. Conclusions: Departmental Change. Appendix: Summary of Departmental Characteristics and Avenues for Change

Author Biography

BARBARA E. WALVOORD directs the Kaneb Center for Teaching and Learning at the University of Notre Dame, where she is also a concurrent professor of English and a fellow of the Institute for Educational Initiatives. She was named 1987 Maryland English Teacher of the Year for Higher Education and received Notre Dame's presidential award in 1999. ANNA K. CAREY is professor emerita of English at the University of Cincinnati Clermont College, where she served as division chair, director of freshman English compentency testing, and chair of general education. She was a founder and cochair of the Project to Improve and Reward Teaching. HOKE L. SMITH is president of Towson University if Maryland where he has sponsored and participated in a highly successful faculty, chair, and staff leadership development program. He has been chair of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities and of the American Council on Education. SUZANNE W. SOLED is associate professor of educational foundation at the University of Cincinnati. She has served as director of programs for honors students, developmental studies, and faculty development, including the Project to Improve and Reward Teaching. PHILIP K. WAY is director of the University Honors Scholars Program at the University of Cincinnati, where he is associate professor and was formerly assistant head and director of undergraduate studies in economics. Recipient of two National Science Foundation grants to enhance the teaching of economics, he also has codirected the Project to Improve and Reward Teaching. DEBBIE ZORN is director of the University of Cincinnati Evaluation Services Center, which assists more than 40 universities, schools, and social services agencies with assessment and evaluation. She has been as instructional specialist and program coordinator at the University of Cincinnati, as well as an adjunct instructor in educational foundations and a secondary school English teacher.
Release date NZ
December 18th, 2000
Country of Publication
United States
Jossey-Bass Inc.,U.S.
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