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On Black Widows in Academe: Cultivating Healthy Academic Departments

"Perhaps like black widows, we in academe make suboptimal decisions under resource constraints. While we can advocate for more resources, we often have limited control over allocations from central ad- ministration to our colleges and schools and down to our departments. We do, however, have control over how we allocate resources within our departments. Here are four lessons we can learn from black widows to prevent cannibalization within a department." Chambers, C., The Department Chair, 33 (2), 5-6.