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The Educational Administrators' Impacts On The Tenure And Promotion Process

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2004 Annual Conference


Salt Lake City, Utah

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June 20, 2004

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June 20, 2004

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June 23, 2004



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Tricks of the Trade: The Tenure Process

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9.1251.1 - 9.1251.6



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Ali Kashef

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Morteza Sadat-Hossieny

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Mark Rajai

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Session 1175

The Educational Administrators Impacts on the Tenure and Promotion Process

Ali Kashef, Mark Rajai, Morteza Sadat-Hossieny The University of Northern Iowa/ Northern Kentucky University


One of the major responsibilities of a departmental head is to evaluate faculty, which at times, could be difficult and controversial. Therefore, it is very important for a department head to show how they can recruit a new faculty member, and help them to attain tenure and promotion. The intent of this paper is to discuss some of the important issues associated with the educational leadership as a head/chair and how a good leader can make a difference in assisting new and especially younger faculty to obtain tenure and promotion.


Important aspects of departmental leadership have been identified as dealing with politics of academia, encouraging teamwork, faculty recruitment/retention, faculty professional development, and motivating senior faculty to maintain their research activities. The other important issues for department heads/chairs are: providing new faculty with start-up money to facilitate initiation of their research, summer funding opportunities for research, travel money for presentation, assigning a graduate assistant, assigning a senior faculty as a mentor, released time, summer teaching, involving a faculty with committees at the University and national level, grant/proposal writing for external funding, and legal issues.

In reality, the department head/chair must be an effective leader to make a difference. Having the title of department head doesn’t qualify one as a good leader. He/she needs to actively demonstrate leadership skills to motivate a group of individuals to work together toward a common goal. He/she needs to actively demonstrate leadership skills in support of young academics in the tenure process. Faculty needs the department head support especially in the areas of teaching, research, and service. If the department operates smoothly and efficiently, it will be an optimal service to its students, college, university and community. The objective of this paper is to discuss some of the important issues associated with the leadership of a department head/chair to attain tenure and promotion for their faculty.

Developing Leadership Skills

A department head should discover what it takes to motivate the faculty and staff to over-achieve at work. There is a good chance that most department heads are quality leaders and they have a dependable and trustworthy faculty and staff. However, the fact is that they can do much more for their faculty, students and the profession. First of all, it is a good idea for a department

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Kashef, A., & Sadat-Hossieny, M., & Rajai, M. (2004, June), The Educational Administrators' Impacts On The Tenure And Promotion Process Paper presented at 2004 Annual Conference, Salt Lake City, Utah. 10.18260/1-2--12941

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