Universities often lose some of their best teachers and researchers to transitions to administration. Conversely, the ability of universities to persuade some faculty to assume administrative duties is undermined due to faculty members’ reluctance to give up teaching or research. In this article, two faculty members who currently serve as co-department heads discuss (a) their motivation for pursuing such an arrangement, (b) the way in which their duties are divided and shared, (c) challenges in pursuing the co-head arrangement, (d) challenges in implementing the co-head arrangement, (e) their perceptions of the success of the arrangement, and (f) significant considerations for those who may be interested in pursuing a similar arrangement.
Derryberry, W. Pitt and Wininger, Steven R.
"Shared Leadership: A Unique but Beneficial Arrangement within a University Department,"
International Journal of Leadership and Change: Vol. 4
, Article 14.
Available at: http://digitalcommons.wku.edu/ijlc/vol4/iss1/14