Strategic Leadership for Challenging Times

2017 Workshop for Department and Division Chairs - Phoenix, AZ 6/5/20176/5/20176/5/20176/7/20176/7/20176/7/2017 The Wigwam Arizona
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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

 

 

  • Natasha Baker
    Natasha Baker
    Hirschfeld Kraemer LLP
  • Kristine Bartanen
    Kristine Bartanen
    University of Puget Sound
  • Chad Berry
    Chad Berry
    Berea College
  • John Kolander
    John Kolander
    Wisconsin Lutheran College
  • J. Andrew Prall
    J. Andrew Prall
    University of Saint Francis
  • Caroline J. Simon
    Caroline J. Simon
    Whitworth University
  • Marilyn Sutton-Haywood
    Marilyn Sutton-Haywood
    Pfeiffer University

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)22Kristine Bartanen<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)26J. Andrew Prall<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)26Kristine Bartanen<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)22J. Andrew Prall<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 Comments31
Becoming a Leader on CampusBecoming a Leader on Campus34John Kolander; Caroline J. Simon<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 Groups32
Breakfast Roundtable DiscussionsBreakfast Roundtable Discussions25
Building and Maintaining a Collegial DepartmentBuilding and Maintaining a Collegial Department33Marilyn Sutton-Haywood<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 Conversations30Chad Berry<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 Dinners24<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 Own36
LuncheonLuncheon28
Preventive Law I: Adhering to Institutional Procedures and Policies—Hiring PracticesPreventive Law I: Adhering to Institutional Procedures and Policies—Hiring Practices27Natasha Baker<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 Evaluation29Natasha Baker<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>
ReceptionReception23
RegistrationRegistration19
Serving as Department or Division Chair: Beyond the Job DescriptionServing as Department or Division Chair: Beyond the Job Description21John Kolander; Caroline J. Simon<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 Overview20
Wrap-upWrap-up35

Hotel and Travel

 Location

The Wigwam Arizona

300 East Wigwam Boulevard
Litchfield Park, AZ 85340
(623) 935-3811

 Hotel Information

Reservation deadline: Monday, May 8, 2017
Room Rate: $120 single/double (includes $11 resort fee*)
 
For reservations, please call the hotel at (800) 327-0396 and state that you are with the Council of Independent Colleges’ Workshop for Department and Division Chairs. Reservations made after May 8 cannot be guaranteed at the group rate and will be accommodated on a space-available basis.
 
The Wigwam, a historic hotel in Arizona, is a direct descendant of the state’s early cotton ranching business. When Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company discovered that long-staple cotton extended the life of its tires, the company bought 16,000 acres of Arizona land for cotton farming. On Thanksgiving Day, 1929, the Wigwam officially opened its doors as a guest ranch with enough rooms for 24 guests. The first nine-hole golf course was built in 1930. A portion of the original structure, the Organizational House, remains as the cornerstone of the Wigwam’s authenticity and southwestern charm.
 
The resort features three championship golf courses-including the Robert Trent Jones Sr.-designed Gold and Patriot Courses; nine tennis courts; four swimming pools including a 25-foot dual water slide; and a luxury spa and fitness center. Local attractions include the Challenger Space Center, Desert Botanical Garden, Phoenix Art Museum, and the Phoenix Zoo.

 Travel

Driving Directions

From Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport (PHX)
Start out going east on East Sky Harbor Boulevard toward Terminal 3. Take East Sky Harbor Boulevard toward Terminal 2/Terminal 3 South Side/Rental Car Center. Turn slightly right toward Terminal 4. Turn slightly right onto East Sky Harbor Boulevard. Take East Sky Harbor Boulevard toward Terminal 2/West Economy/Cell Phone Lot/Rental Car Center. Keep right at the fork to continue on East Sky Harbor Boulevard. Keep left at the fork to continue on East Sky Harbor Boulevard. Keep right at the fork to continue on East Sky Harbor Boulevard. Turn slightly right onto Interstate 10 West/Pearl Harbor Memorial Highway/Papago Freeway West. Take Exit 129, Dysart Road. Turn right onto North Dysart Road. Turn left onto West Indian School Road. Take the first right onto East Wigwam Boulevard. Pass through one roundabout. The hotel is on the right.
 
From the East Valley
Take Interstate 10 West (past 101 Loop interchange) to the Litchfield Road Exit. Turn right (north) on Litchfield Road to Wigwam Boulevard. Turn right on Wigwam Boulevard and proceed past the roundabout. The Wigwam resort entrance will be on your left on Wigwam Boulevard just as you pass the elementary school.
 
From North Scottsdale
Take Loop 101 West (toward stadium, not the airport) to Camelback Road, Exit 5. Turn right (west) on Camelback Road and travel about five miles to Litchfield Road, then turn left. Take Litchfield Road to Wigwam Boulevard (roughly one mile). Turn left on Wigwam Boulevard and proceed past the roundabout. The Wigwam resort entrance will be on the left on Wigwam Boulevard just as you pass the elementary school.
 
From West Valley and Los Angeles
Take Interstate 10 East to the Litchfield Road Exit. Turn left (north) on Litchfield Road to Wigwam Boulevard. Turn right on Wigwam Boulevard and proceed past the roundabout. The Wigwam resort entrance will be on your left on Wigwam Boulevard just as you pass the elementary school.
 

Airport Transportation

Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport (PHX) is approximately 25 miles from the Wigwam. Taxi service from the airport is approximately $40. Additional transportation options from PHX can be found on the airport website.
 

Hotel Parking

Hotel self-parking is included in the resort fee charged to your room.
 
*Resort Fee Includes:
  • In-room internet;
  • In-room coffee;
  • Complimentary use of the Fitness Center;
  • Daily newspaper;
  • Overnight self-parking;
  • 10 percent off golf retail;
  • Incoming and outgoing fax services (up to five pages);
  • Daily fitness classes;
  • Round-trip porterage charge per accommodation; and
  • Daily room attendant gratuity.