An Accidental Department Head
On June 30th, 2016, The School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston will be subsumed by Tufts University. An Accidental Department Head traces my experience with the transition between the two schools as a contingent educator and the contact point and decision-maker for the Tufts campus photography department. Effectively, I have been operating as the department head despite no official advancement. Using this experience as a case study, I pose questions: What happens when you utilize power that has not officially been granted to you? What are the pitfalls of contingent faculty running departments? Are there any solutions for both the universities and the faculty?
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