Reading for new Chairs

The Chair policy

Online resources

University of Waterloo library website

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Book resources

Allen, G.R. (1979). The agile adminstrator. Tempe, AZ: Tempe Publishers

Aitken, R. (1966). Administration of a university. London, England: University of London Press

Belshaw, C.S. (1964). Anatomy of a university. Vancouver, Canada: University of British Columbia

Brown, D.G. (1979). Leadership vitality. Washington, D.C.: American Council on Education

Bryant, P. T. (2005). Confessions of an habitual administrator: An academic survival manual. Bolton, MA: Anker

Buller, J.L. (2006). The essential department chair: a practical guide to college administration  (TUG)

Buller, J. L. (2011). Academic leadership day by day: Small steps that lead to great success. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass

Callan, P. M. (1986). - Environmental scanning for strategic leadership: new directions for institutional research (DPL)

Chu, D. (2006). The department chair primer: Leading and managing academic departments. Bolton, MA: Anker

Coffman, J. R. (2005). Work and peace in academe: Leading time, money, and intellectual energy through managing conflict. Bolton, MA: Anker

Creswell, J.W., Wheeler, D. W., Seagren, A. T., Egly, N. J., & Beyer, K. D. (1990). The academic chairperson’s handbook. Lincoln and London: University of Nebraska Press

Eble, K. E. (1978). The art of administration. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass

Fischer, C. F. (1978) - "Developing and evaluating administrative leadership: new directions for higher education (DPL)

Gmelch, W. H., & Schuh, J. h. (Eds.) (2004). The life cycle of a department chair. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass

Gunsalus, C.K. (2006) The college administrator's survival guide (CTE)

Hecht, I. W. D., Higgerson, M. L., Gmelch, W. H., & Tucker, A. (1999). The department chair as academic leader. Phoenix, AZ: Oryx Press

Hickson, M. & Stacks, D. W. (1992). - Effective communication for academic chairs  (DPL)

Higgerson, M.L. (1996). - Communication skills for department chairs  (CTE)

Hoppe, S. L., & Speck, B. W. (Eds.) (2003). Identifying and preparing academic leaders. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass

Leaming, D. R. (1998). Academic leadership: A practical guide to chairing the department. Bolton, MA: Anker

Leaming, D. R. (2003). Managing people: A guide for department chairs and deans. Bolton, MA: Anker

Lees, N.D. (2006). - Chairing academic departments: traditional and emerging expectations  (CTE)

Lucas, A. (1994). Strengthening departmental leadership: A team-building guide for chairs in colleges and universities. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass

Morse, R. & Buss, T. (2008). Innovations in public leadership development transformational trends in governance and democracy (DPL)

Seldin, P., & Higgerson, M. L. (2002). The administrative portfolio: A practical guide to improved administrative performance and personnel decisions. Bolton, MA: Anker

Smart, J. C. & Montgomery, J. R. (1976). - Examining departmental management  (DPL)

Tucker, A. (1981). Chairing the academic department: leadership among peers. Washington, D.C.: American Council on Education

Wergin, J. R. (2003). Departments that work: Building and sustaining cultures of excellence in academic programs. Bolton, MA: Anker