II.8. Celebrating Achievements

Faculty morale has its foes, some of which are beyond the ability of the department chair to control. One antidote, which is part of leadership, is to remind faculty of the cumulative force of their achievements. Whether through a department newsletter, a bulletin board, email announcements, or on a homepage (see Section III Department Operations), the chair can model pride in the accomplishments of the faculty, students, and staff. Not only will this practice help to ward off disappointments related to the daily grind, but it will enhance the sense of community effort that is fundamental to the sustainability of the academic enterprise. These are also excellent ways to stay in contact with external audiences.