Encouraging Faculty Scholarship at the Comprehensive University: What's the Chair to Do?

Faculty members at comprehensive universities have unique challenges. As opposed to those at primarily teaching or research institutions, faculty members at comprehensive universities must themselves be comprehensive, or balanced in their productivity (see Henderson, 2007). That is, they must be better than average at teaching, service, and scholarship. In my experience as a department chair, the most challenging area for faculty to achieve and maintain is scholarly production. This article provides strategies for department chairs to promote scholarship among the faculty at comprehensive universities.

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