The position of academic department head is one of the most critical in a university, standing as it does between the faculty and upper-level administrators. It's a difficult and time-consuming job, and perhaps more challenging in the life sciences than in other academic departments. Faculty and administrators agree that a good department head can significantly enhance academic life for both students and faculty, while an incompetent one can make life miserable for everyone.
CALL FOR INPUT: Florida Institute of Technology's Gary Wells stresses the importance of discussions with faculty when making department decisions.
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