Tuesday, 20 March 2012

Academics v Administrators

In push for academic promotion may cost us more than we gain Peter van Onselen makes the case that
Dean and head of school positions should jettison their administrative responsibilities, instead operating as board positions. This would free those academics to teach and conduct research in a way that they currently cannot. School and faculty managers should take over many of the administrative responsibilities academics currently have, creating a similar splitting up of responsibilities as occurs between the chairman of a board and the company's chief executive. 
With any luck increased responsibilities for such professional administrators would increase the talent pool prepared to embark on such a career. 
A lot more work would need to be done to make such a change of management viable. But it is a worthy restructure to consider.

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