One of the most signifi cant challenges a department chair faces involves the leadership of the process by which a new member of the department is recruited, hired and integrated into the local academic community. Change in a departmentÂs cast of characters has the potent al to threaten and disrupt two very powerful constructs of a group: status and turf. The hiring process is also very consuming of time and money. This article provides advice on how to succesfully navigate the hiring process.
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