Why Is There Tension with the Faculty?

Academic Leader

This is an excerpt from the book Leading a Small College or University: A Conversation That Never Ends (forthcoming from Atwood Publishing, www.atwoodpublishing.com). Many faculty members never acquire a broad, conceptual understanding of their institution, even when they are exposed to it. They lack interest; experience; and, sometimes, aptitude to see more broadly than their classroom or department. Indeed, the traditional university is organized to accommodate people who focus on their jobs, not the larger organization. The loosely coupled structure of a university often creates a great social and psychological distance between a faculty member and the president.

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