Fewer Snags for the Department Chair

Most seasoned academics will acknowledge that being a department chair is challenging and often difficult. The chair is squeezed between two groups with differing worldviews and missions. On one hand, the chair serves as primary advocate for his or her faculty when dealing with higher university administration and external concerns. On the other hand, he or she is the personnel and fiscal supervisor for a group of faculty and staff members. The challenge is to balance these potentially conflicting roles while managing time. Here are some suggestions, organized by the acronym FEWER SNAGS, to help the department chair to understand, control, and mitigate complexities when supporting online learning.

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