The purpose of this study was to identify behaviors used by academic department chairpersons to assist faculty professionally. Descriptive research design was employed in this study with major emphasis on the interview method of data collection and subsequent descriptive analysis. The survey population was 30 academic department chairpersons representing ten of the twelve North Central Region Land-Grant Colleges of Agriculture.

Department heads identified numerous behaviors to support the "movers", reduce the number and magnitude of faculty problems, and foster early detection of those that did occur. This paper focuses on six areas of behaviors used by effective chairs to enhance faculty performance: recruitment, communication, goals identification, support, evaluation and intervention, and recognition. Most administrative behaviors were learned "on the job" and from other department heads.

The implications of the study relate primarily to training and support of academic department chairpersons with emphasis on institutional policy and practice.



faculty development, faculty problems, faculty behaviors

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