The Authority and Responsibility of the Title

The specific job description that any academic leader has may differ widely from what his or her peer does at another institution, even if their titles are exactly the same. For instance, the responsibilities of a chair at one school may fall to a dean at another. The most important duties of a president of one university may be performed by a chancellor or provost somewhere else. But there is one responsibility that is shared by all academic leaders regardless of where they work and what their other assignments may be: the responsibility to be aware of the impact their titles have on those who work with and for them.

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