by Jennifer Faust (California State University) Department chairs are the “front line” of academic management (whether or not, in fact, their positions are classified as management or as faculty) — yet most department chairs receive little or no training for their positions. There are reasons for this: A lack of appropriately trained trainers on campus […]
Jennifer has extensive experience in faculty affairs administration including strategic planning, labor relations and grievance handling, faculty policy, faculty and department chair training and development, and faculty personnel management. As a long-time faculty member and a department chair prior to becoming an academic administrator, Dr. Faust understands the unique context that academic departments present as well as the value of tenure and the longevity and stability of the academic “workforce.”
Jennifer has presented workshops and seminars to faculty members, department chairs, and academic administrators from institutions across the U.S., on topics from “Active Learning in the College Classroom” to “Handling Complaints 101: What Every Department Chair Needs to Know to Survive.” At her former institution, she founded the Academic Leadership Institute, which provided new and aspiring faculty, staff, and administrators with the tools needed to not only manage others but to lead them.