Advice for those considering leaving a chair position: Opinion


In a recent article for the Chronicle of Higher Ed Kevin Dettmar (Pomona College) discusses factors chairs should keep in mind if they are considering stepping down from their role. Dettmar writes that while there are times when someone should consider stepping down, it is often better to finish a term if possible. Dettmar draws on his own experience as a chair of a difficult department to explain that an early resignation can bring unexpected challenges, such as limiting future opportunities to take on another leadership role within the sector. Instead, Dettmar recommends establishing an end date to open-ended positions to avoid becoming a “chair for life” and meeting with the dean to secure the emotional and practical supports that would be helpful for the duration of the role.

Chronicle of Higher Ed (Acct. Req.)