Department and Division Chair Workshops Will Explore ‘Strategic Leadership for Challenging Times’ This Spring

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Looking for professional development for faculty leaders? CIC’s 2017 Workshops for Department and Division Chairs will explore the theme, “Strategic Leadership for Challenging Times,” in four cities across the U.S. this spring (see below). Designed for both new and experienced chairs of departments and chairs or deans of divisions at independent colleges and universities, the 16th annual workshops will focus on the distinctive challenges for strategic departmental and divisional leadership in small and mid-sized independent institutions.


Experienced chief academic officers, department and division chairs, and attorneys who specialize in relevant legal issues will lead the mix of plenary and small group discussions. New this year will be separate program tracks for new and experienced chairs and deans. Interactive sessions on Serving as Department or Division Chair: Beyond the Job Description; The Department or Division Budget; Using Data Effectively; Building and Maintaining a Collegial Department; and Becoming a Leader on Campus will have separate sections for new chairs​ and experienced chairs and deans. Participants will meet together for sessions on Preventive Law I: Adhering to Institutional Procedures and Policies—Hiring Practices; Preventive Law II: Adhering to Institutional Procedures and Policies—Faculty Performance Evaluation; and Dealing with Difficult Faculty Conversations.

“CIC encourages each institution to send several department chairs to a workshop so they can support one another in instituting improvements upon their return to campus. Last year, 11 chairs from one institution participated, with several at each of the four workshops. They were able to meet together on their campus at the end of the series to exchange perspectives on the topics discussed,” said Kathy Whatley, CIC senior vice president. She added that single participants also will find the Workshops helpful and that deans and associate deans who work closely with chairs will find the program particularly beneficial.

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2017 Workshop Dates and Locations




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