Contents Preface vn 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 v
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