A Letter to a New Chair

By Bruce E. Davis

As the academic year closes, the reins of department chair will be passed to you. The position has been well recognized as the most difficult in academe, being neither fully a faculty nor administrative post, but typically the worst of both. It was certainly one of the most difficult and exasperating jobs I ever had.

However challenging your tour of duty, I’ll bet that in a year you will look back and realize how much you have learned, and possibly changed, in that time. Here are a few thoughts and a bit of unsolicited advice, some of which is obvious and some of which I wish had been passed on to me ahead of time. Of course, everything is pretty much your decision in the end.

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