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2020 Workshop for Department and Division Chairs - Portland, ME 5/19/2020 5/19/2020 5/19/20205/21/20205/21/20205/21/2020 The Westin Portland Harborview

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


The Westin Portland Harborview

157 High Street
Portland, ME 04101
(207) 775-5411

 Hotel Information

Reservation deadline: Wednesday, April 15, 2020 (5:00 p.m.)
Room Rate: $159 single/double
The Westin Portland Harborview is located in the heart of the Arts District in downtown Portland. This hotel is steps away from the Portland Museum of Art, the State Theatre, Cross Insurance Arena, Portland’s Old Port district, and Casco Bay. Originally known as the Eastland Park, this hotel gained fame as the largest hotel in New England when it opened in 1927.

For reservations, please call (855) 811-0043 and state that you are attending the Council of Independent Colleges’ Workshop for Department and Division Chairs. Reservations made after Wednesday, April 15, cannot be guaranteed at the group rate and will be accommodated on a space-available basis.


Airport Transportation

The Portland International Jetport (PWM) is about four miles from the Westin Portland Harborview. The hotel offers complimentary shuttle service to and from the airport. Please call (207) 775-5411 when arriving at baggage claim to arrange for transport to the hotel.

The Portland Transportation Center (POR) is home to Portland’s Amtrak station, which is located two miles from the Westin Portland Harborview.

Hotel Parking

Valet parking is $34 per night. Self-parking is available next to the hotel for $26 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.