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The College Administrator’s Survival Guide

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$30.00 • £24.95 • €27.00

ISBN 9780674023154

Publication Date: 09/30/2006


264 pages

5-1/2 x 8-1/4 inches


With chapters such as ‘Embrace Your Fate’ and ‘Bullies,’ the author reveals a down-to-earth style. Gunsalus says budgets and curriculum planning are a piece of cake when compared to people management. During her years in university administration she has had to investigate myriad problems, including sexual harassment and financial improprieties. The upside of confronting such ‘yucky problems’ is her book, which reflects her hands-on experience with reworked procedures and managerial training.—Jean Marie Angelo, University Business

Tina Gunsalus has enormous experience as an administrator, and in this book, with the conversational tone that makes it so enjoyable to read, her knowledge and common sense shine through. The case studies she uses can be as funny as Richard Russo’s Straight Man. Unfortunately, what sounds like a novel can be a real-life problem, and her recommendations for finding solutions are very useful. She used the cases in a workshop on our campus, and the academic leaders who attended found her compelling and thought-provoking—just like the advice in this book.—Hal Irvin, Executive Director, Organizational Development, Georgia Institute of Technology

Tina Gunsalus’s seminar on administrative survival skills kept a crowd of academic administrators rapt for five straight hours, and eager for more. Her advice was lucid, practical, and remarkably shrewd; she adroitly showed us how to elicit the best from ourselves and our faculty even in the worst situations.—Michael Schoenfeldt, Associate Dean for Humanities, University of Michigan

Where was this book when I was department chair? It provides an extremely useful and comprehensive set of tools and skills that would help almost anyone in academic administration—and in a conversational tone, with a good dose of humor. I found myself laughing one minute and shaking my head in recognition the next. Colleges should buy this book by the truckload and provide copies to all the poor souls who are about to be thrown into the abyss of academic administration. I learned a tremendous amount.—Laura Schreibman, former Associate Chancellor, University of California, San Diego

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