The department chair: A conundrum of educational leadership versus educational management

Normore, A and Brooks, J 2014, 'The department chair: A conundrum of educational leadership versus educational management' in Antonia Issa Lahera, Kamal Hamdan and Anthony H. Normore (ed.) Pathways to Excellence: Developing and Cultivating Leaders for the Classroom and Beyond, Emerald Group Publishing, Bingley, United Kingdom, pp. 3-19.


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Title The department chair: A conundrum of educational leadership versus educational management
Author(s) Normore, A
Brooks, J
Year 2014
Title of book Pathways to Excellence: Developing and Cultivating Leaders for the Classroom and Beyond
Publisher Emerald Group Publishing
Place of publication Bingley, United Kingdom
Editor(s) Antonia Issa Lahera, Kamal Hamdan and Anthony H. Normore
Start page 3
End page 19
Subjects Educational Administration, Management and Leadership
Summary Leadership and management are concepts regularly used in organizational change and reform literature. This is particularly evident in educational settings and oftentimes understood as interchangeable. The school administrator is considered a leadership position, as is department chair in an institution of higher education. Yet, most are engaged daily in management tasks with little to no time spent on leadership (Bush, 2008). In higher education, the complex role of department chair necessitates a multi-task oriented individual (Hecht, Higgerson, Gmelch, & Tucker, 1999) who can both serve and coordinate multiple constituencies and ultimately balance the role of chair with the continuing roles of teacher and scholar. Although they are pulled in many directions there may be no more important leadership position in the institution for those interested in affecting the future of young people as well as their colleagues. In this chapter we discuss the commonalities and differences between leadership and management across the PreK-16 continuum; present the general roles and responsibilities of school-based administrators and university-level department chairs, and; compare leadership readiness and transition processes of school-based and university-level department chairs. Implications for theory and practice are presented.
Copyright notice © 2014 by Emerald Group Publishing Limited
ISBN 9781784411152
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