Strategic Leadership for Challenging Times

2017 Workshop for Department and Division Chairs - Kansas City, MO 5/22/20175/22/20175/22/20175/24/20175/24/20175/24/2017 Westin at Crown Center
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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

Department and division chairs are the bridges between the members of their department or division and senior administrators. The 2017 Workshops for Department and Division Chairs will focus on both strategies and practical approaches to develop leadership skills and institution-wide vision—for chairs and faculty peers with whom they work on campus.

Most chairs begin their positions with little or no training in the chair’s responsibilities and incomplete knowledge of campus challenges and the leadership role that they have accepted. 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 scholarship. How can chairs become campus leaders while they balance the competing priorities of their roles as faculty member, department advocate, and institutional planner?

Sponsored by Academic Search


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. Each workshop can accommodate 100 participants.

Speakers

 

 

  • Ernest Cole
    Ernest Cole
    Hope College
  • William C. Deeds
    William C. Deeds
    Morningside College
  • R. Joseph Dieker
    R. Joseph Dieker
    Cornell College
  • Judith Muyskens
    Judith Muyskens
    Nebraska Wesleyan University
  • Leanne M. Neilson
    Leanne M. Neilson
    California Lutheran University
  • Kathleen A. Rinehart
    Kathleen A. Rinehart
    Saint Xavier University
  • Jane Wood
    Jane Wood
    Mount Marty College

Preliminary Schedule

​At each workshop, presenters will include experienced department or division chairs, chief academic officers and deans who are knowledgeable about the work of chairs, an attorney who has experience with the legal issues that department and division chairs at independent colleges and universities face, and a CIC staff member.

 

 

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The Department or Division Budget (Newer Chairs)The Department or Division Budget (Newer Chairs)3Judith Muyskens<p>​<span>The department or division operating budget is often viewed as a simple set of line-item allocations. Chairs will learn what a budget is (and isn’t), the different types of budgets, how their unit budgets fit into the larger institutional picture, effective practices for budget management, how to support colleague chairs in the budget process, and how to make an effective case for additional funding for the department or division. Each workshop will offer separate sections for new and experienced chairs/deans.</span></p>
Using Data Effectively (Newer Chairs)Using Data Effectively (Newer Chairs)7William C. Deeds<p>​<span>Good data can inform decisions about revisions to existing academic programs, help determine new curricular directions, and suggest strategies for attracting students to the major. How can departmental or divisional-level data—including data from learning-outcomes assessment, program reviews, campus satisfaction surveys, enrollment trends, and national surveys such as the National Survey of Student Engagement—be used to strengthen departments and divisions? Chairs will learn how to use data for revisions to the curriculum, to conduct program reviews, and to attract students to their programs. Each workshop will offer separate sections for new and experienced chairs/deans.</span></p>
The Department or Division Budget (Experienced Chairs/Deans)The Department or Division Budget (Experienced Chairs/Deans)7Judith Muyskens<p>​<span>The department or division operating budget is often viewed as a simple set of line-item allocations. Chairs will learn what a budget is (and isn’t), the different types of budgets, how their unit budgets fit into the larger institutional picture, effective practices for budget management, how to support colleague chairs in the budget process, and how to make an effective case for additional funding for the department or division. Each workshop will offer separate sections for new and experienced chairs/deans.</span></p>
Using Data Effectively (Experienced Chairs/Deans)Using Data Effectively (Experienced Chairs/Deans)4William C. Deeds<p>​<span>Good data can inform decisions about revisions to existing academic programs, help determine new curricular directions, and suggest strategies for attracting students to the major. How can departmental or divisional-level data—including data from learning-outcomes assessment, program reviews, campus satisfaction surveys, enrollment trends, and national surveys such as the National Survey of Student Engagement—be used to strengthen departments and divisions? Chairs will learn how to use data for revisions to the curriculum, to conduct program reviews, and to attract students to their programs. Each workshop will offer separate sections for new and experienced chairs/deans.</span></p>
Assessing the Day’s Work—Questions and CommentsAssessing the Day’s Work—Questions and Comments12
Becoming a Leader on CampusBecoming a Leader on Campus16R. Joseph Dieker; Jane Wood<p>​<span><em>(Separate sections for newer chairs and experienced chairs/deans)</em><br><br>Department and division chairs occupy a pivotal role in the administrative structure of a college or university. The job often has been described as “leading from the middle.” How does the chair learn to lead? What are the potential challenges in the role of leader? How can the chair influence faculty colleagues within and beyond the department or division? Department or division chairs must develop a wider vision and understanding of campus-wide initiatives in which they might assume a leadership role. What campus resources do chairs tap to develop an institutional perspective? How can campus governance be a vehicle for this development? How can a chair find a mentor? What opportunities might be available when the chair is no longer the department or division leader? Participants will learn how to identify opportunities for leadership at the chair level. Each workshop will offer separate sections for new and experienced chairs/deans.</span></p>
Breakfast Roundtable Discussion GroupsBreakfast Roundtable Discussion Groups14
Breakfast Roundtable DiscussionsBreakfast Roundtable Discussions6
Building and Maintaining a Collegial DepartmentBuilding and Maintaining a Collegial Department15Ernest Cole<p>​<span>What are the strategies that experienced chairs employ to build and maintain a collegial atmosphere within a department or division? What lessons have they learned about working with their colleagues, students, and staff members toward departmental goals? How can chairs encourage diverse points of view and respect for all department or division members? Participants will explore these questions with an experienced administrator.</span></p>
Dealing with Difficult Faculty ConversationsDealing with Difficult Faculty Conversations11Leanne M. Neilson<p>​<span>Department and division chairs can prevent many issues from mushrooming into major problems through early intervention. Sometimes chairs delay difficult conversations with colleagues because they lack expertise to encourage change or to deliver bad news tactfully. How can the department or division chair understand better why a faculty member is less effective than expected? What strategies can motivate and support faculty members to become more productive? What skills and strategies might chairs develop to facilitate difficult conversations? Participants will explore how to have a frank conversation with a colleague and will have an opportunity to practice proven techniques.</span></p>
Dine-around DinnersDine-around Dinners18<p>​<span>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.</span></p>
Dinner on Your OwnDinner on Your Own13
LuncheonLuncheon9
Preventive Law I: Adhering to Institutional Procedures and Policies—Hiring PracticesPreventive Law I: Adhering to Institutional Procedures and Policies—Hiring Practices8Kathleen A. Rinehart<p>​<span>An attorney with experience in relevant cases will discuss hiring practices from the viewpoint of the department or division chair’s role. Discussion will focus on the importance of following effective procedures and institutional policies in drafting the position description, appointing the search committee, managing candidate files, checking references, and interviewing candidates on the phone and in person.</span></p>
Preventive Law II: Adhering to Institutional Procedures and Policies—Faculty Performance EvaluationPreventive Law II: Adhering to Institutional Procedures and Policies—Faculty Performance Evaluation10Kathleen A. Rinehart<p>​<span>An attorney will lead a discussion of the chair’s role in faculty performance evaluation for reappointment, tenure, and promotion. Topics for discussion include the importance of adhering to effective procedures and institutional policies when documenting professional performance, the role of student evaluations of instruction, peer review of teaching, the evaluation of scholarly activities, and contributions to the work of the department or division.</span></p>
ReceptionReception5
RegistrationRegistration1
Serving as Department or Division Chair: Beyond the Job DescriptionServing as Department or Division Chair: Beyond the Job Description3R. Joseph Dieker; Jane Wood<p>​<span><em>(Separate sections for newer chairs and experienced chairs/deans)</em><br><br>Few chairs planned to serve as administrators, managers, or chairs when they were in graduate school or starting their academic careers. Most job descriptions for department chairs are simply lists of activities for which the chair is responsible, suggesting that chairs are task-oriented managers who schedule courses, handle student complaints, order equipment, prepare reports and evaluations, and take care of other departmental business. Chairs also must assume responsibility for departmental leadership, representing the department to the campus and community, serving as departmental advocate, and mentoring junior faculty members. How do chairs manage these responsibilities along with their teaching and scholarly duties? What are models for the chair role? What tasks and projects might be successfully delegated to colleagues? What does the dean or CAO expect from chairs? Participants will discuss their institutional roles using interactive exercises and small group discussions. Each workshop will offer separate sections for new and experienced chairs/deans.</span></p>
Welcome and Workshop OverviewWelcome and Workshop Overview2
Wrap-upWrap-up17

Hotel and Travel

 Location

The Westin Kansas City at Crown Center

One East Pershing Road
Kansas City, MO 64108
(816) 298-4936

 Hotel Information

Reservation deadline: Saturday, April 22, 2017
Room Rate: $139 single/double
 
For reservations, please call (888) 627-8538 and state that you are attending the Council of Independent Colleges’ Workshop for Department and Division Chairs. Reservations also may be made online. Reservations made after April 22 cannot be guaranteed at the group rate and will be accommodated on a space-available basis.

The Westin Kansas City at Crown Center is located in Hallmark’s Crown Center near 85 acres of shops, restaurants, and attractions. It is one of the most convenient hotels for discovering the best of Kansas City. When it’s time to explore, take the climate-controlled walkway to Hallmark’s Crown Center shopping and entertainment district or pay a visit to the vibrant Power and Light District.

 Travel

Driving Directions

From Kansas City International Airport (KCI)
Start out going southwest on MO-D/Loop Cookingham Drive toward International Circle. MO-D/Loop Cookingham Drive becomes International Circle. Stay straight to go onto MO-D/Loop Cookingham Drive. Merge onto Interstate 29 South/US-71 South toward Kansas City. Merge onto US-169 South via Exit 2B toward Kansas City/Downtown. US-169 South becomes Broadway Boulevard. Turn left onto West Truman Road. Turn right onto Main Street. Turn left onto East Pershing Road. The hotel is on the right.
 

Airport Transportation

The Kansas City International Airport (KCI) is approximately 21 miles from the Westin Kansas City at Crown Plaza Hotel. Taxi service from the airport is approximately $40. Additional transportation options from KCI can be found on the airport website.
 

Hotel Parking

Valet parking is $24 per night. Self-parking is $17 per night.