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Desrochers, C. (2009).  Magicians of the golden state: The CSU center director disappearing acts.  In L. B. Nilson (Ed.) To improve the academy: Vol 27. Resources for faculty, instructional, and organizational development (pp. 88-107).  Bolton, MA: Anker.


The California State University (CSU) Teaching and Learning Center directors perform daily feats of magic, often culminating in one particularly dramatic trick at the end of the academic year—their own disappearing acts.  This chapter traces the history of the center director position in the CSU system, reports where directors go when they leave the position after only a few years, and proposes how frequent turnover might be reversed through organizational factors aimed at promoting retention of these Magicians of the Golden State.

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