Killing Institutional Zombies

Buller, Jeffrey L.
July 2009
Academic Leader;Jul2009, Vol. 25 Issue 7, p1
The article focuses on how to deal with issues in academic institutions which continue to arise, such as rumors of closure of departments or layoffs and other doubts. The author draws an analogy to zombies, the fictional "undead" creatures which keep cropping up and are difficult to kill. He recommends a once-on-my-watch approach among academic leaders as a strategy for confronting such rumors head-on and putting them to rest. He mentions that if a decision is not possible after serious analysis, a public-notice approach should be adopted in which the administrator makes a public statement about the validity of the rumor, preferably via website. The author stresses that continual transparency is necessary in order to prevent future rumor "zombies" from coming up.


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