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Richard Chait

Professor of Education, Emeritus

The Study of New Scholars

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Degree:  Ph.D., University of Wisconsin, (1972)
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Richard Chait studies the management and governance of colleges and universities. Chait has expertise on terms and conditions of faculty employment, including promotion and tenure procedures, academic freedom, and faculty evaluation. He also studies the roles, responsibilities, and performance of boards of trustees, and has written on faculty work life. For over 20 years, Chait has taught in the School's summer institute programs for executives in higher education. He has been a professor at the University of Maryland and at Case Western Reserve University, and was formerly associate provost at Pennsylvania State University. In 2001, Chait was selected by the Fulbright New Zealand Board of Directors as a Fulbright U.S. Distinguished American Scholar. He and his colleagues are studying job satisfaction of junior faculty as part of The Study of New Scholars at HGSE.

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Fulbright U.S. Distinguished American Scholar,(2001)

Honorary Degree, Towson University,(2000)

Honorary Degree, College of Notre Dame (NH)

Honorary Degree, Maryville College (TN)

Honorary Degree, Towson State University (MD)

Governance as Leadership (with W. Ryan and B. Taylor), (forthcoming).

The Questions of Tenure, ed., (2002).

The Effective Board of Trustees (with T. Holland and B. Taylor), (1996).

Improving the Performance of Governing Boards (with T. Holland and B. Taylor), (1996).

Beyond Traditional Tenure (with A. Ford), (1982).


Board of Trustees, National Center for Nonprofit Boards

Former Trustee, Goucher College (MD)

Former Trustee, Maryville College (TN)

Former Trustee, the American Association for Higher Education

Trustee, Wheaton College (MA)

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