In higher education, it has always been said
that the position of departmental chair is one of
the most difficult jobs. Chairs usually take over
the responsibility of managing the affairs of
their academic units without previous in-depth
preparation for the job and do so in a difficult
position where they have to implement policies
and practices from the college and university’s
administration, while having to still deal with
their colleagues on a daily basis.
On top of that they tend to return to the faculty
as another foot soldier after their stint as chair,
having to live with the decisions they had to make
about colleagues without any protection from one
or another form of retribution.