The College Administratorís Survival Guide

reviewed by Peter J. Burke - November 30, 2006

coverTitle: The College Administratorís Survival Guide
Author(s): C.K. Gunsalus
Publisher: Harvard University Press, Cambridge
ISBN: 0674023153 , Pages: 264, Year: 2006
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The old adage “Don’t judge a book by its cover” certainly applies to this text. The reader needs to get past the curious cover photo on the dust jacket to discover the gems of wisdom the author has embedded in the book. Written from the perspective of a new department chair on a college campus, there are numerous realistic scenarios painted from actual anecdotes that guide appropriate action for a college administrator. The directions provided transcend the department role and may be valuable for those in higher education leadership positions, from committee chairs to college presidents. While scant attention is given to the management side of administration, such as budgeting or program planning and approval, the focus on the human interaction that leaders experience is very well done. A pervading theme of the author is the importance of a calm and neutral personal disposition when carrying out leadership activities. “You must... (preview truncated at 150 words.)

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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record, Date Published: November 30, 2006 ID Number: 12861, Date Accessed: 9/17/2021 12:37:01 PM

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