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The Top 5 Faculty Morale Killers

Drawing on his experience from both sides of the equation (as a “middle managed” faculty member and as the administrator of department chairs, deans, and directors), Rob Jenkins of Georgia State University Perimeter College, details the worst “morale killers” faculty face as they advance in their careers. Of course one of the major issues he mentions is micromanagement. People don’t like to have someone looking over their shoulder at all times and this can be especially true for professors and other faculty members that operate more autonomously than other staff. Micromanagement breeds distrust. Jenkins insists that managers and faculty need to trust each other to follow through on promises and to be honest about issues. Confidence in the administration and the faculty is paramount to a well-functioning institution. “Effective leaders try to create a workplace where people are comfortable and fulfilled, where they feel valued and believe what they’re doing has meaning. People who feel that way are likely to be more productive, making the organization a success and creating plenty of credit to go around.”

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