II.10. College and University Liaison

The chair is most effective when she or he works in tandem with the goals, visions, and plans of the college and the university. It is necessary both to be an advocate for the department when seeking resources and support from the dean and the provost; however, it is the chair’s responsibility to support the decisions and goals of upper administration within the practices and policies of daily department life. This is perhaps one of the greatest challenges facing the chair: maintaining a balance between the directives of the dean and the provost and the expectations of demands of the department’s faculty. An effective chair will be able to communicate and interpret perspectives to each constituency accurately and in ways that create trust and a sense of common purpose.