Registration Opens for Spring Department and Division Chair Workshops

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In the challenging and rapidly changing environment that private colleges face, academic leadership at the departmental and divisional level has become ever more crucial for CIC member institutions. CIC’s 2018 Workshops for Department and Division Chairs, which will take place in four cities across the U.S. this spring, will help fill that critical need with their focus on strengthening department and division 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 workshops’ mix of plenary and small-group discussions. Topics for the interactive sessions include:

  • Serving as Department or Division Chair: Beyond the Job Description;*
  • The Department or Division Budget;*
  • Using Data Effectively;*
  • Preventive Law I: Adhering to Institutional Procedures and Policies—Hiring Practices;
  • Preventive Law II: Adhering to Institutional Procedures and Policies—Faculty Performance Evaluation;
  • Dealing with Difficult Faculty Conversations;
  • Building and Maintaining a Collegial Department;* and
  • Becoming a Leader on Campus.*

*These topics will have separate program tracks for new chairs and experienced chairs and deans.

Registration is open for both new and experienced chairs of departments and chairs or deans of divisions at independent colleges and universities. Institutions are encouraged to send several chairs to a workshop so they can support one another as they initiate improvements upon their return to campus, but a single participant also will find the workshops helpful. Deans and associate deans who work closely with chairs will find the program particularly beneficial.

“I participated in one of the Workshops for Department and Division Chairs a few years ago, just before becoming chair,” remarked Tara L. S. Kishbaugh, professor of chemistry and department chair, Biology and Chemistry, at Eastern Mennonite University (VA). “The information presented and discussed was valuable for preparing me for the role of chair, and the opportunities to network with chairs at other institutions were outstanding. It was great to hear different perspectives on how to handle challenges chairs face. I am excited to participate this year as a presenter.”

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2018 Workshop Dates and Locations




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