2019 Workshop Series Will Focus on Leading Departments and Divisions in a Time of Change

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Purposeful, skilled academic leadership at the departmental and divisional level is essential for the success of CIC member institutions, especially during the challenging and rapidly changing environment that private colleges face today. CIC’s 2019 Workshops for Department and Division Chairs will again help address a critical professional development need with their focus on leading departments and divisions in small and mid-sized independent colleges and universities in times of change. The program is designed for both new and experienced chairs of departments and chairs or deans of divisions. The Workshops will take place in four cities across the country this spring:


Experienced chief academic officers, department and division chairs, and attorneys who specialize in relevant legal issues will lead a mix of plenary and small group discussions. Topics will 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.

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. A single participant also will find the Workshops helpful, as will deans and associate deans who work closely with chairs.  

Past participant George Dimitoglou, associate professor and chair of computer science and information and technology at Hood College (MD), commented, “Participating in the CIC Workshop for Department and Division Chairs was extremely helpful. The issues presented and discussed were exactly relevant to the issues that I have been encountering after assuming my duties as chair. Leaving the Workshop I felt I had obtained enough information, resources, and strategies to handle almost anything. The program, presenters, and interactions were excellent, and the Workshop was well coordinated and managed. I would highly recommend it.”

Danielle V. Langdon, chair of the department of visual arts and music and assistant professor of art at Columbia College (MO), remarked, “At the CIC Workshop I was able to connect and share experiences with other chairs from similar institutions. Everyone was there with the same mission: to learn how to be an effective leader. I gathered a great deal of helpful information from the presenters and my peers.”

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