Department chairs

Selective universities want more high-achieving community college students to transfer

Many community college students with high grade point averages aren't transferring to four-year institutions, new research finds, a fact some of the nation's most selective universities want to change.

How two institutions diversified their faculties without spending big or setting hard targets

Boston College and UC Riverside share how they quickly hired more faculty members from underrepresented minority groups, without relying on hard numerical targets or costly initiatives.

Outrage over position that would pay a Ph.D. $28,000 for what many see as a full workload

University of Illinois-Chicago ad for language program director draws outcry.

Study questions whether elite college courses are of higher quality than others

Study's preliminary findings suggest that teaching quality and academic rigor are not necessarily stronger at prestigious institutions.

Princeton grad student takes on the humanities crisis from a decidedly gendered perspective

Everyone seems to have a theory as to why humanities majors are disappearing. One doctoral student thinks the trend is due to women's widening career paths. His notion is gaining traction.

Temple University faces scrutiny over rejection of African-American studies department's choice as chair

Temple was the first institution to offer a doctorate in African-American studies and has seen heated debates over the discipline's direction. The rejection of the department's choice as chair has set off a new controversy.

Study documents how pandemic has exacerbated challenges beleaguering department chairs (opinion)

Ralph A. Gigliotti shares the results of a new study that reveals that the disruptions of the recent months have significantly exacerbated the challenges beleaguering department chairs.

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Insights a new department chair has gained during the pandemic (opinion)

Cathy Marie Ouellette offers the insights she has gained as a new department chair during the pandemic.

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Advice for chairs on how to write an effective tenure and promotion letter (opinion)

The chair’s letter is the principal information conduit to the dean and central administration and, thus, a decisive element in the tenure and promotion process, writes Richard Utz.

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