The Joys and Challenges of Leading from the Middle

2016 Workshop for Department and Division Chairs - Minneapolis, MN 5/10/2016 5/10/2016 5/10/20165/12/20165/12/20165/12/2016 Crowne Plaza Downtown Northstar
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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

 Location

Crowne Plaza Minneapolis Downtown Northstar

618 Second Avenue
Minneapolis, MN  55402
(612) 338-2288

 Hotel Information

Reservation deadline: Saturday, April 23, 2016
Room Rate: $109 single/double (SOLD OUT)
Room Rate: $199 single/double

The Crowne Plaza Minneapolis Downtown Northstar is located in the heart of downtown Minneapolis. It is connected by the city’s enclosed skyway to shopping, dining, entertainment, and the business district, all just a short walk away. Some of the area’s attractions include the Stone Arch Bridge and Mill City Museum, the Basilica of Saint Mary, the Walker Art Center and Sculpture Garden, Orchestra Hall, the Guthrie Theater, and Nicollet Mall.

Due to such high demand, the first block of rooms has sold out.  Additional rooms have been added at $199 single/double and reservations may be made online. You may also call (612) 338-2288 and state that you are attending the Council of Independent Colleges Workshop for Department and Division Chairs. Reservations made after April 23rd cannot be guaranteed at the group rate and will be accommodated on a space-available basis.

 Travel

Driving Directions

From the Airport:
Stay in right lane when leaving the airport. Take Interstate 494 West to 35W North. Take 35W North. Follow the Downtown Exit sign and stay in the left lane. Take the 5th Avenue South exit and turn left on 7th Street. Follow 7th Street to Marquette Avenue. Turn right onto Marquette. Go one block to 6th Street and turn right onto 6th Street. Go one block and turn right onto 2nd Avenue South. The hotel is on the right.
 
From the North:
Take Interstate 35W South and exit at Washington Avenue. Turn right onto Washington Avenue. Turn left onto 2nd Avenue South. Hotel is four and a half blocks down on the right.
 
From the South:
Take 35W North. Follow the Downtown exit sign and stay in the left lane. Take the 5th Avenue South Exit and turn left on 7th Street. Follow 7th Street to Marquette Avenue. Turn right onto Marquette. Go one block to 6th Street and turn right onto 6th Street. Go one block and turn right onto 2nd Avenue South. The hotel is on the right.
 
From the East/St. Paul:
Take Interstate 94 West to 5th Street exit. At the bottom of the exit, take a right and follow to Washington Avenue. Turn left onto Washington Avenue. Turn left onto 2nd Avenue South. The hotel is four and a half blocks down on the right.
 
From the West:
Take Interstate 94 East to the 4th Street exit. Follow 4th Street to 2nd Avenue South and turn right. The hotel is two blocks down on the right.
 

Airport Transportation

Minneapolis/St. Paul International Airport (MSP) is approximately 14 miles from the Crowne Plaza Minneapolis Downtown Northstar. Super Shuttle is the recommended choice for airport transportation. Reservations can be made online or by calling 1-800-BLUEVAN. Taxi service from the airport is approximately $35.
 

From Light Rail

Exit light rail at the Government Center Station on 5th Street. Follow 5th Street one block to 2nd Avenue South and take a left. Hotel is one and a half blocks down on the right.
 

Hotel Parking

The Crowne Plaza Minneapolis Downtown Northstar parking ramp is accessible from 2nd Avenue, 7th Street, and 6th Street. Guests can park on levels C–G and take the hotel elevator (marked with signs) to the first floor lobby.

Parking rates are $23 for overnight each weekday and $14 for overnight parking on weekends. Weekend rates begin on Friday at 2:30 p.m. Once parking fees are added to the guestroom folio, the front desk agent will issue a pass for unlimited access into and out of the parking ramp.