Strategic Leadership for Challenging Times

2017 Workshop for Department and Division Chairs - Baltimore, MD 5/17/20175/17/20175/19/20175/19/2017 Embassy Suites Inner Harbor

About the Workshops

March 29–31, 2017 · Hilton Savannah Desoto · Savannah, GA
May 18–20, 2017 · Embassy Suites by Hilton Inner Harbor · Baltimore, MD
May 23–25, 2017 · Westin Kansas City at Crown Center · Kansas City, MO
June 6–8, 2017 · The Wigwam Arizona · Phoenix, AZ

CIC is pleased to announce the dates and locations of the 2017 Workshops for Department and Division Chairs. Designed for both new and experienced chairs of departments and deans of divisions at independent colleges and universities, the Workshops will focus on the distinctive challenges for strategic departmental and divisional leadership in small and mid-sized independent institutions.

Who Should Participate?

Institutions are encouraged to send several chairs to a Workshop so they can support one another in implementing 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. New this year will be separate program tracks for new and experienced chairs and deans.

Preliminary Schedule

​May 18, 2017

Noon–1:00 p.m.

Registration (lunch on your own)

1:00–1:30 p.m.

Welcome and Workshop Overview

1:30–2:45 p.m.

Serving as Department or Division Chair: Beyond the Job Description*

2:45–3:05 p.m.


3:05–4:35 p.m.

The Department or Division Budget*

5:00 p.m.


6:00 p.m.

Dine-around Dinners**

May 19, 2017

8:00–9:00 a.m.

Breakfast Roundtable Discussions

9:00–10:30 a.m.

Using Data Effectively*

10:30–10:50 a.m.


10:50 a.m.–12:05 p.m.

Preventive Law I: Adhering to Institutional Procedures and Policies—Hiring Practices

12:15–1:15 p.m.


1:30–2:45 p.m.

Preventive Law II: Adhering to Institutional Procedures and Policies—Faculty Performance Evaluation

2:45–3:05 p.m.


3:05–4:35 p.m.

Dealing with Difficult Faculty Conversations

4:35–4:50 p.m.

Assessing the Day’s Work—Questions and Comments

Dinner on Your Own

May 20, 2017

8:00–9:00 a.m.

Breakfast Roundtable Discussions

9:00–10:10 a.m.

Building and Maintaining a Collegial Department*

10:10–10:30 a.m.


10:30–11:45 a.m.

Becoming a Leader on Campus*

11:45 a.m.–Noon



Workshop Adjourns

*Separate sessions for new chairs and experienced chairs

**To get to know colleagues from other campuses and exchange ideas over dinner in area restaurants, participants are encouraged to sign up at the CIC Registration Desk to join a “dine-around dinner” group on the evening of the first day of the Workshop. Participants are responsible for their own meal expenses. Please sign up by 3:00 p.m. so that CIC can make transportation arrangements if needed.

Groups will meet in the hotel lobby at 6:00 p.m.

Hotel and Travel


Embassy Suites by Hilton Baltimore Inner Harbor

222 St. Paul Place
Baltimore, MD 21202
(410) 727-2222

 Hotel Information

Reservation deadline: Monday, April 17, 2017
Room Rate: $135 single/double
For reservations, please call (410) 727-2222 and state that you are attending the Council of Independent Colleges’ Workshop for Department and Division Chairs or reserve your room online. Reservations made after April 17 cannot be guaranteed at the group rate and will be accommodated on a space-available basis.

The Embassy Suites by Hilton Baltimore Inner Harbor, located in the heart of Baltimore’s business district in downtown, is only 10 miles from BWI Airport (Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport) and near the shopping, dining, and attractions of Baltimore’s famed Inner Harbor. Explore the National Aquarium, Maryland Science Center, and Mt. Vernon Cultural District or catch a ballgame at Historic Camden Yards; all are within walking distance from the hotel.


Driving Directions

From Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport
Start out going east on Aviation Boulevard/MD-170. Turn slightly left toward Off-Site Parking. Turn left onto South Camp Meade Road/MD-170. Merge onto Interstate 695 West toward Beltway/Towson. Merge onto MD-295 North via EXIT 7B toward Baltimore. Turn right onto West Pratt Street. Turn left onto South Eutaw Street. Turn right onto West Saratoga Street. Turn right onto St. Paul Place. The hotel is on the left.

Airport Transportation

Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport (BWI) is approximately 10 miles from the Embassy Suites by Hilton Baltimore Inner Harbor Hotel. Taxi service from the airport is approximately $35. For additional transportation options from BWI—including Amtrak, MARC Trains, and Light Rail—visit the airport website.

Hotel Parking

Hotel valet parking is $34 per night with in-and-out privileges. Self-parking is available at $16 per night in the garage next door to the hotel.