Advice for leaders preparing to take over a troubled department

August 29, 2018

“Have you, perhaps against your better judgement, recently accepted the challenge of providing leadership to an academic unit known within its discipline or institution to be, at best, troubled or, at worst, not functioning?” ask CK Gunsalus, Nicholas C Burbules, and Robert A Easter. The authors highlight a number of pitfalls faced by leaders taking over a troubled academic unit. They add that it is crucial for new leaders not to think of themselves as “white knights” who will save the day, and instead insist that these leaders spend the majority of their time listening. The authors conclude by offering a series of other tips for anyone preparing to lead a department or faculty in turmoil. Inside Higher Ed