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Iowa State University Department Chair:

Role, Progression, and Directions

A Report

Submitted to

Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost Iowa State University

Taskforce on ISU Department Leadership

ISU ADVANCE

Report prepared by

Dr. Linda Serra Hagedorn and Agustina V. Purnamasari

i

TABLE OF CONTENTS

TABLE OF CONTENTS. i

LIST OF TABLES... iv

LIST OF FIGURES..... vii

Executive Summary 1

Introduction 2

Limitations . 3

Significance 3

REVIEW OF THE LITERATURE 4

Methods .. 5

Data Collection .. 6

Instruments 6

Data Analysis 8

Findings 9

Department Chairs Overall Profile .. 9

Recruiting Source . 12

Department Chair Pay-Base 13

Gender . 19

Race/Ethnicity . 20

Time Management .. 22

Reviews/Assessments . 24

Performance Expectations .. 26

Chair Duty/Task .. 29

Input to the Dean Regarding the Selection of Department Chair 31

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Support . 33

Stress 34

Difficulties Due to Gender, Race, and Sexual Orientation . 35

Department Chair Profiles and Analyses by Colleges 38

College of Agriculture 38

Department Chairs Gender Distribution at the College of Agriculture . 42

Department Chairs Race/Ethnicity Distribution at the College of Agriculture 43

College of Business 44

Department Chairs Gender Distribution at the College of Business 47

Department Chairs Race/ Ethnicity Distribution at the College of Business ... 48

College of Design .. 49

Department Chairs Gender Distribution at the College of Design .. 52

Department Chairs Race/ Ethnicity Distribution at the College of Design . 53

College of Engineering .. 54

Department Chairs Gender Distribution at the College of Engineering .. 56

Department Chairs Race/ Ethnicity Distribution at the College of Engineering . 58

College of Human Sciences .. 59

Department Chairs Gender Distribution at the College of Human Sciences .. 62

Department Chairs Race/ Ethnicity Distribution at the College of Human Sciences . 63

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences ... 64

Department Chairs Gender Distribution at the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences ... 70

Department Chairs Race/ Ethnicity Distribution at the College of

Liberal Arts and Sciences . 71

iii

College of Veterinary Medicine .. 72

Department Chairs Gender Distribution at the College of Veterinary Medicine .. 76

Department Chairs Race/ Ethnicity Distribution at the College of

Veterinary Medicine . 77

Conclusions and Recommendations .... 78

References . 85

iv

LIST OF TABLES

Table 1. Number of Departments V. Number of Department Chairs 2012 9

Table 2. Department Chairs who either Serve at the Same Department within 2 Different

Colleges or two Different Departments within 2 Different Colleges . 11

Table 3. Department Chairs who serve at Two Different Departments

within One College 11

Table 4. Department Chairs Recruiting Source 2012 12

Table 5. Department Chairs Pay-Base 2012 .. 14

Table 6. Department Chairs Salary per College 2012 16

Table 7. Department Chairs Salary Span 1994-2005 and 2012 .. 18

Table 8. Department Chairs Gender Demographics 2012 .. 19

Table 9. Department Chairs Race/Ethnicity 20

Table 10. Amount of Time Spend by Department Chairs for their activities

(ranked descending) ... 23

Table 11. Frequency of Department Chairs Performance Review by Dean 24

Table 12. Frequency of Department Chairs Performance Review by Faculty 25

Table 13. How the Deans Provided Performance Expectations Prior To Assuming the

Position as Department Chairs . 27

Table 14. The Importance of Department Chair duties (Extremely Important to

Not at all Important) .. 29

Table 15. Persons Provided Inputs to the Dean Regarding the Selection of

Department Chair .. 31

Table 16. Department Chairs Perceived Support . 33

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Table 17. Department Chairs Perceived Stress . 34

Table 18. Department Chairs Perceptions on difficulties due to Gender,

Race, and Sexual Orientation 35

Table 19. Department Chairs Length of Service in the College of Agriculture .. 38

Table 20. Department Chairs Gender Distribution at the College of Agriculture ... 42

Table 21. Race/Ethnicity Profile at the College of Agriculture 43

Table 22. Department Chairs Length of Service at the College of Business .. 44

Table 23. Department Chairs Gender Distribution at the College of Business .. 47

Table 24. Department Chairs Race/Ethnicity at the College of Business .. 48

Table 25. Department Chairs Length of Service in the College of Design 49

Table 26. Gender Distribution in the College of Design . 52

Table 27. Race/Ethnicity Profile in the College of Design . 53

Table 28. Length of Service at College of Engineering .. 54

Table 29. Department Chair Gender Distribution in the College of Engineering ... 56

Table 30. Department Chairs Race/Ethnicity Background in the

College of Engineering .... 58

Table 31. Length of Service at the College of Human Sciences .. 59

Table 32. Department Chairs Gender Distribution at the College of

Human Sciences ... 62

Table 33. Department Chairs Race/Ethnicity Background at the

College of Human Sciences ...... 63

Table 34. Department Chairs Length of Service at the College of

Liberal Arts and Sciences .. 64

vi

Table 35. Department Chairs Gender Distribution at the

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences ... 70

Table 25. Department Chairs Race/Ethnicity Distribution at the College of

Liberal Arts and Sciences . 71

Table 37. Department Chairs Length of Service at the College of

Veterinary Medicine ..... 72

Table 38. Department Chairs Gender Distribution at the College of

Veterinary Medicine . 76

Table 39. Department Chairs Race/Ethnicity in the College of

Veterinary Medicine . 77

vii

LIST OF FIGURES

Figure 1. Number of Departments V. Number of Department Chairs .. 10

Figure 2. Department Chair Recruiting Source in Overall 2012 ... 13

Figure 3. Department Chairs Pay-Base 2012 ..... 15

Figure 4. Department Chairs Average Compensation 2012 . 17

Figure 5. Department Chairs Average Compensation 1994-2005.. . 17

Figure 6. Department Chairs Salary Span 1994-2005 and 2012 . 18

Figure 7. Department Chairs Gender Distribution 1994-2005 . 19

Figure 8. Department Chairs Gender Distribution 2012 .. 19

Figure 9. Department Chairs Race/Ethnicity 1994-2005 . 20

Figure 10. Department Chairs Race/Ethnicity 2012... 21

Figure 11. Frequency of Department Chairs Performance Review by Dean 24

Figure 12. Frequency of Department Chairs Performance Review by Faculty 26

Figure 13. Department chairs perceptions on their evaluation whether or

not it is based on clear performance expectations ... 27

Figure 14. How the Deans provided performance expectations prior to assuming

the position as department chairs .... 28

Figure 15. Persons Provided Inputs to the Dean Regarding the Selection of

Department Chair .... 32

Figure 16. Department Chairs Perceptions on Difficulty Due to Gender ... 36

Figure 17. Department Chairs Perceptions on Difficulty Due to Race .. 37

Figure 18. Department Chairs Perceptions on Difficulty Due to Sexual Orientation .... 37

Figure 19. Length of Service before Administrative Appointment at the College of

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Agriculture . 39

Figure 20. Length of Service as Department Chairs at the College of Agriculture ... 40

Figure 21. Average Length of Service as department chairs at the College of

Agriculture 1994-2005 .... 40

Figure 22. Total Length of Service at the College of Agriculture 41

Figure 23. Department Chairs Gender Distribution at the College of Agriculture .. 42

Figure 24. Race/Ethnicity Profile at the College of Agriculture ... 43

Figure 25. Length of Service before Administrative Appointment at the College of

Business .... 45

Figure 26. Length of Service as Department Chairs at the College of Business .. 46

Figure 27. Total Length of Service at ISU (College of Business) .................. 46

Figure 28. Department Chairs Gender Distribution at the College of Business . 47

Figure 29. Department Chairs Race/Ethnicity at the College of Business .... 48

Figure 30. Length of Service before Adm. Appointment in the College of Design 49

Figure 31. Average Length of Service before Adm. Appointment in the

College of Design 1994-2005 ... 50

Figure 32. Length of Service as Department Chairs in the College of Design .. 50

Figure 33. Average Length of Service as Department Chairs in the

College of Design 1994-2005 51

Figure 34. Total Length of Service as Department Chairs in the College of Design 51

Figure 35.

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