This article discusses the ethos of an academic department. It is fundamental that a department have high credibility on campus. Such ethos is important for faculty members gaining positions on important committees on campus. When departments do not produce research, for example, they are unlikely to have faculty placed on research/graduate school committees. The three most important components of a credible department are faculty, students, and administrators. Student ethos is obtained and maintained through the quality and quantity of enrollees in service and major program courses. Faculty ethos is comprised of effective teaching, curriculum maintenance, productive research, and outstanding service. The ethos of the administrator involves timely reports and budgetary vigilance, productive research, teaching excellence as an example for the faculty, innovative goal setting, and leadership in participative decision making.
Hickson III, M. (1993). The cthos of an academic department. Journal of the Association for Communication Administration, 22(1), 67–71.