This article provides some thoughts about the pitfalls and problems associated with the lowest-level of academic administration. If nothing else, service as department chair can open the eyes to the real world of petty faculty politics in a way unknown and unseen by a regular faculty member. Finally, a new department chairperson must be aware that every move made on behalf of the department, every decision rendered, regardless of its mundane nature, will be scrutinized by colleagues for selfish intent. Graduate school does not prepare a person for service as departmental chairperson, nor do years of service as a regular full-time faculty member.
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