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

NOTE: The Milwaukee workshop has reached capacity, and registration is now closed. Space is still available at other workshop locations.

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?

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 implementing improvements when they 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.




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.





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.

Hotel Parking

The hotel offers complimentary self-parking.

Registration Information

NOTE: The Milwaukee workshop has reached capacity, and registration is now closed. Space is still available at other workshop locations.

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.