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2020 Workshop for Department and Division Chairs - Des Moines, IA 4/2/2020 4/2/2020 4/2/20204/4/20204/4/20204/4/2020 Hilton Des Moines Downtown

About the Workshops

April 2–4, 2020 · Hilton Des Moines Downtown · Des Moines, IA
May 7–9, 2020 · The Admiral Hotel Mobile · Mobile, AL
May 19–21, 2020 · The Westin Portland Harborview · Portland, ME
June 3–5, 2020 · The Queen Mary Hotel · Long Beach, CA

The Council of Independent Colleges is pleased to announce the dates and locations of the 19th annual 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 common challenges chairs face as they manage academic units within the larger context of institutional effectiveness. Workshops will explore topics such as managing budgets and using data effectively. Attorneys specializing in higher education will highlight best practices in hiring and performance evaluation.

Who Should Participate?

Institutions are encouraged to send both new and experienced chairs together in teams, if possible. Faculty members who will soon become a department or division chair are especially encouraged to participate. There will be separate program tracks for new and experienced chairs and deans. Representatives of institutions of similar size and structure will have opportunities to share experiences and effective practices during breakfast and lunch. Each workshop can accommodate 100 participants.

The 2020 Workshops for Department and Division Chairs are generously sponsored by Academic Search.

Preliminary Schedule

First Day

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.
Newer Chairs: The Department or Division Budget
Experienced Chairs/Deans: Using Data Effectively

5:00 p.m.

6:00 p.m.
Dine-around Dinners**

Second Day

8:00–9:00 a.m.
Breakfast Roundtable Discussions

9:00–10:30 a.m.
Newer Chairs: Using Data Effectively
Experienced Chairs/Deans: The Department or Division Budget

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

Third Day

8:00–9:00 a.m.
Breakfast Roundtable Discussion Groups

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/deans

**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


Hilton Des Moines Downtown

435 Park Street
Des Moines, IA 50309
(515) 241-1456

 Hotel Information

Reservation deadline: Friday, March 20, 2020
Room Rate: $149 single/double
Welcome to Hilton Des Moines Downtown, a bright and modern hotel in step with the tech-centric area. Part of the Des Moines Skywalk system, the hotel is connected to the Iowa Events Center and offers quick access to local dining and Des Moines attractions, which include Hy-Vee Hall, Science Center of Iowa, and Des Moines Civic Center.

Reservations can be made online. Reservations made after Monday, March 20, cannot be guaranteed at the group rate and will be accommodated on a space-available basis.


Airport Transportation

The Des Moines International Airport (DSM) is about five miles from the Hilton Des Moines Downtown. The hotel offers complimentary shuttle service to and from the airport. Please call (515) 241-1456 when arriving at baggage claim to arrange for transport to the hotel.

Hotel Parking

Valet parking is $25 per night. Self-parking is available for $18 per night.

Registration Information

Registration information for the 2020 Workshops for Department and Division Chairs will be available online in early December.

Registration Fees

CIC Member RateNonmember Rate
First Registrant$600$775
Additional Registrants$500$695

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 Leslie Rogers-Brown, CIC conference manager, by fax to (202) 466-7238 or by email to Registrations are transferable within an institution.