Journal of Practical Leadership
This conceptual paper addresses an issue that may never be a problem for some in higher education, and yet may be the Achilles' heel for others. No absolute answers exist regarding befriending administrators, but I will address some of the dynamics that inherently are involved with the phenomenon and also various potential perils. To be clear, I am addressing situations where a faculty member is a friend with a Dean or Academic Vice President. In some contexts, the principles also may apply to friends in a position lower, such as Department Chair, or higher, such as Provost or institutional President. The friendships may be preexistent to an administrator's appointment-or friendships that budded after the administrator's installation.
Friendship, college, administrators
Firmin, M. (2007). Perils of being friends with college administrators. Journal of Practical Leadership, 2, 44-48.