Longitudinal Analysis of Department Chair Employment Announcements: Changing Qualifications, Roles, and Responsibilities
Jim Vander Putten et al, University of Arkansas at Little Rock, USA
Single presentation - 30 Minutes
Sweeping changes in the structures and functions of higher education have occurred in the past 10 years. Scholars have estimated that department chairs make more than 80% of departmental academic decisions that impact a wide array of stakeholders. This document analysis study examined the content of department chair employment announcements published in the Chronicle of Higher Education in 1995, 2005, and 2015 (N=72) by institution type and discipline. Findings identify shifting values of required and preferred qualifications as well as chair responsibilities across year, institution type, and discipline. The findings also suggest a growing disconnect between the experiences and characteristics of the chair sought by departments and the expectations of the role.