As institutions become larger and more complex, many areas of specialized expertise is needed to accomplish many administrative tasks (Birnbaum, 1965). Faculty and administrators fill different roles, encounter and influenced by different aspects of the environment, and have diferent backgrounds
Administration and management can become so complex that even those faculty who are interested in governance may not have the time or expertise to fully understand the problems of decision making or resource acquisition and allocation (Balderstan, 1995) . Because of these changes, administrators become identified in the faculty mind with red tape, constraints, and outside pressures that seek to alter the institution. In this point, the reseacher focuses on the administrative behavor of higher education administrators.. They are both academician and administrator. What kind of role are they playing in their institutions while facing administrative problems? Are they educator, leader or manager?
Recently, administration, especially in education, aims at democratic management practices by focusing on human relationss on the contrary of previous classical autocratic management styles. Administrators will succeed by correct timing in cooperation, listening, dominating, avoiding, obliging and compromising with their workers. Higher Education Administrators go for more effective management with the help of their workers and this can not be possible without correct timing of action, cooperation and listening to the others. Organizational behaviors can be understood and estimated clearly by analyzing the administrative behaviors thus more effective management models are able to be proposed.
The emphasis of developing and suggesting more effective administration models for higher education arises depending on the function of these institutions as bringing up young people with the right equipment to the needs of contemporary world. The answers sought for the questions “What administrative behaviors do the higher education administrators do and how often do they do these specific behaviors?”
The purpose of this research project is to determine the administrative behaviors of higher education administrators and try to find out their roles as educator, leader or manager. In which level depending upon their responsibilities and roles do the higher education administrators perceive themselves as an educator, leader and manager? (Boyatsiz ve Goleman, 2002; Williams, 2003; Fall, 2004; Walker, 2001; Muchinda, 2004; Bryne, 2003; Sevinç, 2001, Şahinkaya, 2006; Balcı, 2001; Titrek, 2007).
The survey instruments of the research project are; Gregory’s (2006) The Inventory For The Behaviors of Higher Education Administrators . Inventory is going to be applied to both administrators and faculty members to measure the administrative behaviors in Canakkale Univerity.
The application of effective management practices requires the determination of the administrative behaviors of the higher education administrators. In this study, descriptive research design will be held with both qualitative and quantitative methods. The researcher will conduct a semi-structured interview with administrators and send survey questions to faculty members in Canakkale University. The research universe includes deans, vice-deans, department chairs and faculty member . The researcher will ask the faculty member about the administrative behavor of their administrators in Canakale University..
As colleges and universities become mor ediverse, fragmented, specialized, and connected with other social systems, institutional missions do not become clearer; rather, they multiply and become sources of stres and conflict rather than integration. In this position, higher education administrators need to play multiple roles while doing their jobs. Higher education administrators are expected to be more educator than being manager. Hovewer, we know that how important administrative leaders to college and university performance. At the end of this research , we will learn that administrative behaviors of higher education administrators and we will beter understand today’s administrative problems of higher education institutions.