Walter Gmelch

Walter H. Gmelch

Author of:

Chairing an Academic Department

Department Chair Leadership Skills


Walter H. Gmelch is the Dean of the School of Education at the University of San Francisco. Previously, he was the Dean of the College of Education at Iowa State University and directed the National Center for Academic Leadership. Gmelch is one of the leading researchers in the study of academic leaders in higher education, serving as editor of two journals and on the editorial board of a half dozen other journals. During the 1990s he directed two national studies of 1,600 university department chairs in the United States, one study of 1,580 Australian department heads, another investigation of 1,000 community college chairs, and recently has completed an international study of 2,000 academic deans in Australia and America.