Chairs must become comfortable with ambiguity, uncertainty during pandemic: Opinion

October 28, 2020
Cathy Marie Ouellette discusses lessons learned from chairing a department during the pandemic, and offers advice to other chairs on how to manage pandemic challenges. Ouellette writes that chairs must become comfortable with the ambiguity and uncertainty the pandemic brings, gain an understanding of global systems of power, and keep race and racism at the forefront of discussions of change. Additionally, chairs must be open to different perspectives and forms of knowing, and exercise resourcefulness and creativity in problem solving. “We as chairs are ultimately responsible for shaping and articulating department ideologies to broad communities,” writes Ouellete. “As we confront multiple crises with unknown impediments in our futures, leadership is pivotal.” Inside Higher Ed (International)