The New Department Chair

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Helen Nelson becomes chair of the Political Science Department when her predecessor, David Beaufort, passes away. Beaufort, described as a paternalistic autocrat, enforced all rules and policies in infinite detail, allowing little faculty innovation. Nelson takes a more democratic approach, but she finds the faculty uncooperative and unwilling to do what they call "a chair's work." Students begin to complain about the department, and the dean and provost question whether Nelson is up to the job.

Subjects: Faculty, Leadership, Administration
Setting: Small Public

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