January 15, 2018
It is no new insight to any reader of The Chronicle that American higher education is in crisis. Actually, I don't recall when we were not, even if some of us did not recognize it to be so. But the pressure on campus leaders today is greater than many of us who hold the title of chair, dean, or president can ever recall.
That's all the more reason to assess carefully, when you're offered a leadership position, if it's a good match for who you are.
David D. Perlmutter is a professor in and dean of the College of Media & Communication at Texas Tech University. He writes the "Career Confidential" advice column for The Chronicle. His book on promotion and tenure was published by Harvard University Press in 2010. Browse the previous columns in the Admin 101 series here.