Strategic Leadership for Challenging Times

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

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 23, 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 24, 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 25, 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


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.


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.