Tips new administrators can use to settle into a new role: Opinion

January 6, 2021
Stella Erbes reflects on her inaugural year as a department chair and shares 13 tips on how new administrators can thrive in their positions. The author recommends that, since there is a lack of systematic training for those taking up leadership roles, new administrators can prepare themselves by reading professional development books, meeting with former and current deans and supervisors, and learning about how the department’s finances work. The article also suggests taking the time to appreciate and communicate with office staff, student employees, and faculty, and emphasizes the importance of caring for oneself. Inside Higher Ed (International)