USF Professor of Leadership Studies Walter Gmelch on Department Chair Training in Universities | USF in the News |

"Being a department chair can feel like running a small business, yet most professors aren’t trained for that kind of work. Initial data from a new study of department chairs suggest that most don’t even receive training for their role. Moreover, when professors do receive training to be chairs, advice centers on hard skills that may or may not be relevant rather than on interpersonal and other soft skills that can make or break a departmental climate."




"Other researchers involved in the new study were Walter Gmelch, professor of leadership studies at the University of San Francisco, co-director of the academic leadership center and a longtime expert on faculty chairs (he published the 1991 study), and two graduate students at San Francisco, Drew Roberts and Sally Hirsch."