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Departments that Work. Building and Sustaining Cultures of Excellence in Academic Programs. Edition No. 1. Jossey-Bass Resources for Department Chairs

  • ID: 2213474
  • Book
  • July 2007
  • 176 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
Evaluation in departments is widespread but often fails to spark positive change. Based on his extensive work with academic departments across the country, Wergin explains that successful department evaluation exists only when faculty and departments have a strong influence on the purposes, processes, and methods of evaluation. The central purpose of Departments That Work is how academic programs can make evaluation more useful and critical reflection more likely.

Topics include:

How quality has become confused with such concepts as effectiveness, productivity, and marketability and how it might more constructively be conceived as focusing on the engagement of the department with its constituencies

An examination of both intrinsic and extrinsic motivators of faculty work, the concept of organizational motivation, and the factors influencing identification with the institution and motivation to contribute to it

The three critical factors of effective department evaluation

How academic leaders can create a culture of engagement

How to define and negotiate academic values with diverse stakeholders

How to ask the right questions and collect the right idea

How to determine standards and make meaning of evaluation data

An overall summary of specific recommendations for academic leaders and departmental faculty, including an appendix of the constructs presented in each chapter
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About the Author.



1. The Concept of Academic Quality.

2. Motivation For Quality Work.

3. Evaluating Quality In Academic Programs.

4. Creating the Engaged Department.

5. Negotiating Departmental Values.

6. Finding Evidence of Quality Evidence.

7. Making Meaning of Quality Evidence.

8. Enhancing Departmental Quality.

Appendix. Departments That Work: What They Do.



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Jon F. Wergin Virginia Commonwealth University.
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