Title page for ETD etd-11152006-103338

Type of Document Dissertation
Author Pourciau, Todd Anthony
Author's Email Address tpourciau@lsu.edu
URN etd-11152006-103338
Title Leadership for Scholarly Excellence: A Qualitative Examination of Department Chair Facilitation Methods to Promote Research Productivity in Pre-Tenure Biological Sciences Faculty
Degree Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)
Department Educational Leadership, Research & Counseling
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Becky Ropers-Huilman Committee Chair
Dydia DeLyser Committee Member
Janice M. Hinson Committee Member
Marietta Del Favero Committee Member
Cecil L. Eubanks Dean's Representative
  • department chairs
  • fully engaged leadership
  • mentoring
  • research productivity
  • scholarly excellence
  • biological sciences
Date of Defense 2006-10-30
Availability unrestricted
Leading a large, highly productive department that must compete on the global stage requires an increasingly broad skill-set. This study investigates whether there are methods that life science department chairs can employ to enhance the research productivity of their pre-tenure faculty and examines if leadership at the department chair level matters. Using a qualitative approach to examine six highly successful life science departments and their leaders as well as focus group interviews with nine pre-tenure faculty members, this study brings new discovery to the field of department chair leadership. This study validates the importance of department chair leadership while revealing the special skill-set that is important, the positive effects of mentoring on pre-tenure faculty, and that motivation may be linked to the culture of an organization. The results of this research are important for higher education institutions looking to build department of scholarly excellence, especially in the life sciences.
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