2023 Workshop for Department and Division Chairs - Portland, ME 5/22/2023 5/22/2023 5/22/20235/24/20235/24/20235/24/2023 The Westin Portland Harborview

About the Workshops

Welcome to the 2023 Workshops for Department and Division Chairs! Department and division chairs are the bridges between department or division members and senior college administrators. Faculty members who take on the chair role need support to understand how to use the position to achieve both departmental and institutional goals. These four workshops provide opportunities for chairs to learn how to be more effective while serving in this critical position. The 2023 Workshops for Department and Division Chairs will focus on effective strategies to develop leadership skills and an institution-wide vision in the context of uncertainty and change.

Most chairs begin their positions with little or no training in the chair’s responsibilities and with incomplete knowledge of campus challenges. Effective chairs learn the value of developing an institution-wide perspective, communicating clearly, and collaborating with peers to promote greater institutional effectiveness. They must develop the ability to think strategically; plan actively for the future; and cooperate with both academic and administrative departments, including admissions, advancement, finance, and student affairs. At the same time, most chairs remain 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? Participants will gain skills and perspectives useful to their roles and will meet colleagues who face comparable challenges at institutions similar to theirs.

This program is made possible by the generous support of Academic Search.

Who Should Participate?

The workshops are designed for incoming, new, and experienced chairs of departments or divisions at CIC member institutions. Deans who work directly with chairs are also welcome. Campuses are encouraged to send multiple department or division chairs to a workshop so that they can support one another in implementing new strategies. To ensure strong engagement, each workshop is limited to 100 participants.




  • Chad Berry
    Chad Berry
    Berea College
  • John D. Kolander
    John D. Kolander
    Wisconsin Lutheran College
  • Constance Rogers Lowery
    Constance Rogers Lowery
    Catawba College
  • Alexandra Mitropoulos
    Alexandra Mitropoulos
    Hirsch Roberts Weinstein LLP
  • Kimberly Specht
    Kimberly Specht
    Denison University
  • Monique Taylor
    Monique Taylor
    Champlain College
  • Tynisha D. Willingham
    Tynisha D. Willingham
    Mary Baldwin University

Preliminary Schedule

May 22

Noon–1:00 p.m.


(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

(Separate sections for newer chairs and experienced chairs/deans)

3:05–4:35 p.m.

The Department or Division Budget (Newer chairs)

Using Data Effectively (Experienced chairs/deans)

5:00 p.m.


May 23

8:00–8:50 a.m.

Breakfast Roundtable Discussions

9:00–10:30 a.m.

Using Data Effectively (Newer chairs)

The Department or Division Budget (Experienced chairs/deans)

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

3:05–4:50 p.m.

Dealing with Difficult Faculty Conversations

4:50–5:00 p.m.

Assessing the Day’s Work—Questions and Comments


Dinner on Your Own

May 24

8:00–8:50 a.m.

Breakfast Roundtable Discussions

9:00–10:15 a.m.

Becoming a Leader on Campus

(Separate sections for newer chairs and experienced chairs/deans)

10:35–11:45 a.m.

Building and Maintaining an Inclusive Department

11:45 a.m.–Noon



Workshop Adjourns

Hotel and Travel


The Westin Portland Harborview

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

 Hotel Information

Reservation deadline: Friday, April 14, 2023
Room Rate: $174 single/double
Reservations can be made online or by calling (855) 811-0043 and stating that you are attending the Council of Independent Colleges’ Workshop for Department and Division Chairs. Reservations made after Friday, April 14, cannot be guaranteed at the group rate and will be accommodated on a space-available basis.
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.


Airport and Amtrak Transportation

The Portland International Jetport (PWM) is approximately 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. For more information about Amtrak services to and from Portland, please visit Amtrak's website.

Hotel Parking

Valet parking is $34 per night. Self-parking is available next to the hotel for $28 per night.

Registration Information

Online registration for the Portland, ME Workshop for Department and Division Chairs is now closed.

Please contact Leslie Rogers-Brown to inquire if space is still available at lrogers-brown@cic.edu.

Registration Fees

CIC Member RateNonmember Rate
First Registrant$620$800
Additional Registrants$520$715

Dress Guidelines

Business casual clothing is appropriate throughout the workshop.

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 lrogers-brown@cic.edu. Registrations are transferable within an institution.




Health and Safety

​CIC is committed to the health and safety of workshop participants. Please review the current CIC Health and Safety Guidelines and Requirements before registering for a workshop.