This article discusses the secret to surviving an appointment as department chairman. Survival as academic department chair involves overcoming obstacles such as role conflict and the difficult task of maintaining healthy relationships with faculty. Both of these, along with several other job related factors, commonly cause significant levels of stress. However, adaptation to and management of the stress are possible. One has survived as department chair when one is able to leave the office and successfully reintegrate into the department without major personal or professional trauma. If one returns to a better department than previously existed, then the ordeal has been worthwhile and, perhaps, even rewarding.
King, P. E. (1997). Surviving an appointment as department chair. Journal of the Association for Communication Administration, 26(3), 211–217.