Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Chair Top 10 List

I have been Chair of the Department of Geosciences at the University of Arkansas for about a year-and-a-half now. For what it is worth, here is my top 10 list of advice for new Chairs:

Make a list of deadlines, mine has about 150 items

Support, expand and involve your external advisory board - they can move the world

Every time you complete a complicated task, write a note titled "for next time" about how you could do it better

Start a blog to capture all the stuff you need to share,here is mine

Choose committee members carefully, dysfunctional committees are bad news

Make a 4-year teaching plan for the department, here is mine

Put together an advisory group of senior faculty 

Mainly watch and learn for a year, then initiate change where needed

Clarify, streamline and simplify processes

Communicate and delegate

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