The Dichotomous Department Chair

Academic Leader

Often in elementary school, children are asked what they want to be when they grow up. The typical responses include firefighter, police officer, doctor, and teacher, but interestingly, they never seem to include the answer "department chair." We have been surveying department chairs across the country for the past three years, investigating both the role of department chairs and the type of individual who is currently in or has previously been in that position.

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