Document Type

Graduate Project

Date of Degree Completion

Spring 1991

Degree Name

Master of Education (MEd)



Committee Chair

Jack L. McPherson

Second Committee Member

Larry Wald

Third Committee Member

Franklin D. Carlson


The purpose of this study was to identify and analyze roles, responsibilities, and professional preparation of high school department chairs by surveying persons who presently fulfill department chair responsibilities at the high school level in Grant County, Washington. A sample of 31 high school department chairs was surveyed using a survey instrument covering the roles, responsibilities, and preparation of high school department chairs. The results indicated professional preparation and training for the high school department chair were almost nonexistent; duties were not clearly defined; and individual competencies had no apparent relationship to the roles and responsibilities that were required of high school department chairs.