The Appointment of Untenured Department Chairs in Two- and Four-Year Colleges in a Western State: Problems and Potentials The Appointment of Untenured Department Chairs in Two- and Four-Year Colleges in a Western State: Problems and Potentials
A central finding in this research study is the presentation of an explanatory model that provides a framework for understanding characteristics and risk levels for untenured department chairs. The model integrates the factors of tenure standards and department chair duties to predict the risk to an untenured faculty member of failing to achieve tenure while successfully performing the roles of department chair. Four quadrants represent low to high risk. For the colleges studied, the risk of not achieving tenure for an untenured faculty member serving as chair varies according to (a) the institutionï¿½s rigor of tenure requirements and standards and (b) the extent to which the chair duties as service to the institution, when taken as a whole, are weighted towards meeting tenure requirements.
Additional findings present the untenured chairsï¿½ motivation for accepting the position, the benefits and costs that they encountered as a result of that appointment, and how being an untenured chair affected their ability to perform their various roles as department chairs.
School:Brigham Young University
School Location:USA - Utah
Source Type:Master's Thesis
Keywords:untenured department chairs higher education educational leadership administration
Date of Publication:06/13/2006