How to manage a faculty “curmudgeon”

October 26, 2016

“I am a proud curmudgeon. Whatever hip new thing you’re promoting, I’m probably uninterested,” writes Alex Small for the Chronicle of Higher Education. Small adds, however, that he has worked hard during his career to support the governance of his department, even when it means clearing bureaucratic hurdles and working new buzzwords into lengthy reports. To this end, Small offers three tips for soliciting strong service contributions from faculty curmudgeons: ensure that the stakes of an initiative are real and meaningful to those asked to support it, do not change the rules or goals of an initiative without clear warning, and finally, do not try to win a curmudgeon over to the administrator’s point of view. Chronicle of Higher Education