Leading Departments and Divisions in a Time of Change

2019 Workshop for Department and Division Chairs - Milwaukee, WI 5/7/2019 5/7/2019 5/7/20195/9/20195/9/20195/9/2019 Sheraton Milwaukee Brookfield Hotel

About the Workshops

April 11–13, 2019 · Holiday Inn & Suites North Beach · Virginia Beach, VA
May 7–9, 2019 · Sheraton Milwaukee Brookfield Hotel · Milwaukee, WI
May 21–23, 2019 · Sheraton Columbus at Capitol Square · Columbus, OH
June 3–5, 2019 · DoubleTree by Hilton Anaheim–Orange County · Anaheim, CA

Department and division chairs are the bridges between the members of their department or division and senior administrators. The 2019 Workshops for Department and Division Chairs will focus on 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 with 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 academic and administrative departments, 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 members, departmental advocates, and institutional planners?

Sponsored by Academic Search

Who Should Participate?

Institutions are encouraged to send several chairs to a Workshop so they can support one another in instituting 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. There will be separate program tracks for new and experienced chairs and deans. Each workshop can accommodate 100 participants.

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)22
Using Data Effectively (Newer Chairs)Using Data Effectively (Newer Chairs)26
Using Data Effectively (Experienced Chairs/Deans)Using Data Effectively (Experienced Chairs/Deans)22
The Department or Division Budget (Experienced Chairs/Deans)The Department or Division Budget (Experienced Chairs/Deans)26
RegistrationRegistration19<p>​<span>Lunch on your own</span></p>
Welcome and Workshop OverviewWelcome and Workshop Overview20
Serving as Department or Division Chair: Beyond the Job DescriptionServing as Department or Division Chair: Beyond the Job Description21<p>​<em>(Separate sections for newer chairs and experienced chairs/deans)</em></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>
Breakfast Roundtable DiscussionsBreakfast Roundtable Discussions25
Preventive Law I: Adhering to Institutional Procedures and Policies—Hiring PracticesPreventive Law I: Adhering to Institutional Procedures and Policies—Hiring Practices27
Preventive Law II: Adhering to Institutional Procedures and Policies—Faculty Performance EvaluationPreventive Law II: Adhering to Institutional Procedures and Policies—Faculty Performance Evaluation29
Dealing with Difficult Faculty ConversationsDealing with Difficult Faculty Conversations30
Assessing the Day’s Work—Questions and CommentsAssessing the Day’s Work—Questions and Comments31
Dinner on Your OwnDinner on Your Own32
Breakfast Roundtable Discussion GroupsBreakfast Roundtable Discussion Groups33
Building and Maintaining a Collegial DepartmentBuilding and Maintaining a Collegial Department35
Becoming a Leader on CampusBecoming a Leader on Campus34<p>​<span><em>(Separate sections for newer chairs and experienced chairs/deans)</em></span></p>

Hotel and Travel


Sheraton Milwaukee Brookfield Hotel

375 South Moorland Road
Brookfield, WI 53005
(262) 364-1100

 Hotel Information

Reservation deadline: Monday, April 15, 2019
Room Rate: $126 single/double; $146 triple; $156 quad
For reservations, please call (262) 364-1100 and state that you are attending the Council of Independent Colleges’ Workshop for Department and Division Chairs. Reservations made after the April 15 deadline cannot be guaranteed at the group rate and will be accommodated on a space-available basis.

Landmarks near the Sheraton Milwaukee Brookfield Hotel include the Pettit National Ice Center and Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra. Other nearby attractions are the Boerner Botanical Gardens and local brewery tours.


Airport Transportation

The Sheraton Milwaukee Brookfield Hotel is about 18 miles from General Mitchell International Airport (MKE), which offers several ground transportation options to get travelers to and from the hotel. Please visit the airport website for multiple options including taxis and prearranged car services. Taxi service from the airport is about $60 one way.

Hotel Parking

Hotel offers complimentary self-parking.

Registration Information

Registration Fees

CIC Member RateNonmember Rate
First Registrant$550$700
Additional Registrants$460$595

Dress Guidelines

Business casual clothing is appropriate throughout the Workshops.

Cancellation Policy

Refunds will be made in full (less a $50 processing fee) for cancellations received more than ten business days prior to the workshop for which participants have registered. Refund requests received between five and ten business days of the start of the workshop incur a charge equal to 25 percent of the total registration fee. Requests received fewer than five business days prior to the start of the workshop are ineligible for a refund.

Please send cancellation requests, in writing, to the attention of Sherita Ashmon, CIC conference manager, by fax to (202) 466-7238 or by email to sashmon@cic.nche.edu. Registrations are transferable within an institution.