The Joys and Challenges of Leading from the Middle

2016 Workshop for Department and Division Chairs - Portland, ME 5/10/2016 5/10/2016 5/10/20165/12/20165/12/20165/12/2016 The Westin Portland Harborview

About the Workshops

​​​​​April 7–9, 2016 · Brown Hotel · Louisville, KY
May 10–12, 2016 · Westin Portland Harborview · Portland, ME
May 24–26, 2016 · Crowne Plaza Minneapolis Downtown · Minneapolis, MN
June 13–15, 2016 · Doubletree by Hilton Portland · Portland, OR

Most chairs come into their positions with little or no training to manage the chair’s responsibilities, cultivate a wide view of campus challenges, or understand the leadership role that they have been asked to accept. The 2016 Workshops for Department and Division Chairs will focus on strategies and practical approaches to developing leadership skills and institution-wide vision—for themselves and faculty peers with whom they will work upon returning to campus.

Department and division chairs serve as the bridge between the members of their department or division and senior administrators. Effective chairs learn the value of developing an institution-wide perspective, communicating clearly, and collaborating with their peers to promote greater institutional effectiveness. They must develop the ability to think strategically, plan actively for the future, and cooperate with other academic and administrative departments on campus, including admissions, advancement, finance, and student affairs. At the same time, most chairs are heavily invested in their faculty responsibilities of teaching, advising, service, and maintaining scholarly activity. How can chairs balance the competing priorities of their roles as faculty member, department advocate, and institutional planner and also become campus leaders?

CIC acknowledges with appreciation the continuing support of Academic Search, Inc. and the American Academic Leadership Institute.

Who Should Participate?

The workshops are designed to serve both experienced and new chairs of departments or divisions at nonprofit, independent colleges and universities. Campuses are encouraged to send several department or division chairs to the workshop so that they can support one another in instituting improvements upon their return to campus. Institutions may wish to send chairs to workshops in different locations to gain the perspectives of several speakers on the same topic and learn from multiple approaches to workshop topics. A single representative from an institution also would find the workshop helpful. Deans and associate deans who work closely with chairs would find the program beneficial and are welcome to participate. Opportunities will be offered at breakfast and lunch for representatives of institutions of similar size and structure to share experiences and effective practices. Registration is limited to chairs and other academic administrators at private, nonprofit liberal arts-based colleges and universities. Each workshop can accommodate 100 participants.

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Hotel and Travel


The Westin Portland Harborview

157 High Street
Portland, ME 04101
(207) 775-5411

 Hotel Information

Reservation deadline: Friday, April 15, 2016 (5:00 p.m.)
Room Rate: $139 single/double

The Westin Portland Harborview is located in the heart of the Arts District in downtown Portland. This hotel is steps away from the Portland Museum of Art, the State Theatre, Cross Insurance Arena, Portland’s Old Port district, and Casco Bay. Originally known as the Eastland Park, this hotel gained fame as the largest hotel in New England when it opened in 1927.

For reservations, please call (855) 811-0043 and state that you are attending the Council of Independent Colleges Workshop for Department and Division Chairs. Reservations made after Friday, April 8th cannot be guaranteed at the group rate and will be accommodated on a space-available basis.


Driving Directions

From Portland International Jetport (PWM):
Start out going west on Jetport Access Road. Turn slight right to stay on Jetport Access Road. Turn right onto International Parkway. Take the second right onto Congress Street/ME-9/ME-22. Continue to follow Congress Street for approximately three miles. Turn left onto High Street. The Westin Portland Harborview Hotel is on the right .
From Northern Maine:
Merge onto I-95 South toward Maine Turnpike South/Portland/Kittery. Merge onto I-295 South via exit
103 toward ME-9/Gardiner/ME-126/Brunswick. Take exit 6A Forest Avenue and stay on Forest Avenue. Turn right onto Congress Street. Turn right onto High Street. The Westin Portland Harborview Hotel will be on your right.
From South:
Take I-95 N and merge onto I-295 N via exit 44 towards South Portland/Downtown Portland. Take exit 6A Forest Avenue/ME-100 South. Keep left at the fork in the ramp and turn slight right to stay on Forest Avenue. Turn right onto Congress Street. Turn right onto High Street. The Westin Portland Harborview Hotel will be on your right.

Airport Transportation

The Portland International Jetport (PWM) is approximately four miles from the Westin Portland Harborview. The hotel offers its guests complimentary shuttle service to and from the jetport. Please call (207) 775-5411 in advance to make arrangements.


The Portland Transportation Center (POR) is home to Portland’s Amtrak station, which is located two miles from the Westin Portland Harborview. For more information about Amtrak services to and from Portland, please visit Amtrak’s website.

Metro Bus

The Greater Portland Transit District Metro provides bus services throughout Portland, which runs every 25–30 minutes. For general information about Portland’s metro bus system, please visit
To travel from the jetport to the hotel, take bus Route #5. The ride from the jetport is approximately 30 minutes (19 bus stops) and costs $1.50. Bus information for Route #5 is available online.
To travel from the Amtrak station to the hotel, take bus Route #1. Bus fare is $1.50 and the ride is approximately 10 minutes (5 bus stops). Bus information for Route #1 is available online.


Taxi service is available at the Portland International Jetport and can be found outside of the baggage claim area. Cab fare from the jetport to the hotel is approximately $15–$20 (one way), which includes a $1.50 surcharge applied to all originating Jetport taxi fares. Taxicabs at the Portland Transportation Center are available onsite. Fare from the Amtrak station to the hotel is usually under $10 (one way). For more information, please see the Taxi Published Flat Rate Guide (PDF) or call (207) 879-1903.

Hotel Parking

Valet parking is $34 per night. Self-parking is available next to the hotel at $24 per night.