Table 1. Mean Agreement of Chair Response Strategies by Round

Strategy Round 2 Mean Round 3 Mean # of Changes
Have a no confidence vote. 3.682 3.682 0
Have a candid conversation with the chair about inappropriate/bad behaviors. 4.021 4.133 2
Circulate a petition to remove the chair. 3.478 3.648 5
Go to the dean to make a change in departmental leadership. 4.444 4.644 4
Go to the provost to get a change in departmental leadership. 4.342 4.342 0
Go to the president and ask for help. 3.896 3.906 3
Go to the Board of Trustees for help. 2.990 2.780 3
Hire a consultant to come in and review the department. 4.500 4.500 0
Hire a consultant to review the department chair. 4.515 4.615 2
Provide more compelling evidence to those who conduct the annual performance review. 3.810 3.600 7
Lodge a complaint to the Human Resources office. 3.907 3.900 3
Communicate with union representatives. 3.751 3.901 5
Find another job at a different university. 3.333 3.333 0
Confront the chair everyday about his/her behavior. 4.641 4.641 0
Get a group of senior faculty to confront the chair. 4.500 4.500 1
Go to the University ombudsperson for help. 2.636 2.600 1
If the dean does not respond, go to the associate dean. 3.444 3.444 0
Nominate the chair for other jobs on campus. 3.290 3.290 0
Nominate the chair for other jobs at a different university. 4.202 4.202 0
Treat the chair the way he/she treats you. 3.251 3.101 6
Refuse to do what the chair asks. 2.410 2.410 0
Ignore the chair and do your job. 4.789 4.888 2
Challenge the chair every day to justify his/her actions. 4.359 4.500 3
Hunker down and wait for the chair to leave. 3.470 3.470 0
Build a coalition of faculty to address the matter directly with the chair. 4.891 4.902 1
Develop regulations to help manage the process, such as departmental bylaws that stipulate how meetings are called, when the agenda is distributed, who can vote, etc. 3.911 3.911 0
Get able faculty to cover the chair’s deficiencies. 2.569 2.437 3
Avoid going into the department office. 3.001 3.001 0
Send the chair to professional development. 4.001 4.001 0
Communicate via email and document everything. 3.750 3.750 0
Suggest team-building activities that include faculty and the chair. 3.900 4.000 2
Give the chair reading materials on how to do his/her job better. 3.000 3.000 0
Try and understand the chair’s motivation and work to that. 3.888 4.000 4
Bring in administrators who can train the chair (budget officer, human resources person, etc.). 3.451 3.451 0