Managing the Foreign Language Department: A Chairperson's Primer

Gale Crouse, Sam L. Slick, Richard B. Klein
1994 The Modern Language Journal  
Agnes Scott College "Everyone writing for this book either is or has been a department chair," said the letter inviting me to write a chapter, but somehow I slipped through although I do not fit that description. I never had the opportunity to be department chair because the men in my department 20 years ago would never have considered a woman for the position, neither me nor my experienced female colleagues who had already been chairs elsewhere or who went to new locations where they chaired
more » ... partments. So I became a dean without ever chairing a foreign language department and had to learn a lot quickly, including such basics as using a dictating machine and running an office. Because I believe a 157 '.229 Wide sphere of interests Commitment to the totally and liberally educated person Interest in all levels of education Commitment to democratic processes and ideas Commitment to teaching, scholarship, and service Openness to ail academic areas in the institution Active participation in local, state, regional, and national associations Ability to encourage and foment progress Faith in the improvement of the human condition Ability to dream and be imaginative Good communicative skills Honesty and integrity Realistic enthusiasm Non-confrontational, non-threatening style Entrepreneurial spirit Ability to serve as faculty advocate Judicious delegation of authority and tasks Diplomacy for all seasons Respect for faculty input Fiduciary acumen Superb listening ability Sense of humor 395 RBK and SLS
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