Behavior and Social Issues

, Volume 11, Issue 1, pp 31–48 | Cite as

The Department Chair: Antecedent and Postcedent Stimulus Control

  • Richard F. RakosEmail author
Special Section: Education


Academe presents the contemporary department chair with important challenges to effective functioning. Among these are (a) the ambiguous nature of the role itself, which is typically seen as part faculty and part administrator; (b) tenure and faculty governance procedures that reduce opportunities to utilize contingency management; and (c) the differing contingencies that influence the behavior of faculty compared to administrators. Under these circumstances, a chair will likely achieve more success in leading and managing the department, including fostering progressive changes that promote greater fairness, equality, and justice in academia and the community, by relying to a greater extent on antecedent stimulus control than on postcedent control.

Key words

chairperson department head antecedent control behavior analysis 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.College of Arts and SciencesCleveland State UniversityClevelandUnited Kingdom

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