Contents
Preface
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Contemplating the Prospect of Being a Head 1
1 What does it take to be a department head 1
2 Interviewing for the job 3
3 Should you accept the appointment 9
4 Why do I enjoy being a head 11
Setting the Stage 15
5 The agenda 15
6 Some ideas for an agenda 17
7 Clean house or resurrect 21
8 Offering a quality professional life 23
9 Departmental personalities 25
10 Ethics 27
Personnel Matters 33
11 Salaries 33
12 Giving raises 36
13 Retention, tenure, and promotion 42
14 Recruiting 50
15 Perquisites and travel 64
16 Staff 67
17 People vs Institutions 70
18 Nominating colleagues for honors 72
19 Meeting outside offers 73
Day-to-Day Business 77
20 Stay active in mathematics 77
21 Making decisions 79
22 Lean years and plush years 84
23 Perseverance 86
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