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The Stressful Journey of the Department Chair [microform] : An Academic in Need of a Compass and Clock / Walter H. Gmelch and Gordon S. Gates
Bib ID 5585082
Format BookBook, MicroformMicroform, OnlineOnline
Gmelch, Walter H
Online Versions
Description [Washington, D.C.] : Distributed by ERIC Clearinghouse, 1995 
44 p. 

This study examined the relationship between five stress factors (faculty role, administrative relationship, role ambiguity, perceived expectations, and administrative task) and specific personal, positional, and organizational variables in relation to their effect on the roles of department chairpersons. Using a chair stress index, administrative role questionnaire, chair task inventory, general information questionnaire, and an organizational and departmental ratings questionnaire, 523 department chairs at research and doctorate-granting universities throughout the United States were surveyed. The study found that the less role ambiguity as well as role conflict, and the more satisfaction chairs derived from their position, the less stress they tended to experience. Chairpersons who rated their institutions highly experienced lower levels of faculty role stress, administrative relationship stress, role ambiguity stress, and administrative task stress than chairs who did not. Multiple regression analysis showed that three independent variables (intrinsic reasons for accepting the position, total satisfaction with the position, and role conflict) had a significant role on faculty role stress. Age, years of experience, and gender were found to have little effect on chairperson stress. (Contains 86 references.) (MDM)


ERIC Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (San Francisco, CA, April 18-22, 1995).

May also be available online. Address as at 14/8/18:

Reproduction Microfiche. [Washington D.C.]: ERIC Clearinghouse microfiches : positive. 
Subjects Administrator Attitudes.  |  Administrator Role.  |  Age Differences.  |  College Faculty.  |  Department Heads.  |  Higher Education.  |  Job Satisfaction.  |  Multiple Regression Analysis.  |  National Surveys.  |  Research Universities.  |  Role Conflict.  |  Role Perception.  |  School Attitudes.  |  Sex Differences.  |  Stress Management.  |  Stress Variables.
Form/genre Reports, Research.  |  Speeches/Meeting Papers.
Other authors/contributors Gates, Gordon S., author
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