10 Things I Never Knew about Being an Academic Chair: Lessons Learned from Year One in Administration

Academic Leader

My professional goals have always included teaching but never administration. I tended to be a bit judgmental and suspicious of administration. However, after five years in an elementary classroom and 19 years in a university classroom, circumstances led me to take the plunge into higher education administration. Armed with all my leadership books, a positive attitude, and advice from respected mentors, I enthusiastically embraced my new position as academic chair. This article highlights some of the lessons I learned.†

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