About the Workshops

Chairs are called on to lead the members of their own department or division, to advocate on behalf of the department or division to senior administrators, and to explain decisions reached outside the department or division level to their colleagues. While many of a chair’s daily responsibilities are primarily on the departmental or divisional level, others including recommending personnel actions, leading changes in the curriculum, assessing student learning outcomes, managing a budget, and functioning as counselors and mentors to colleagues—may affect decisions beyond the department or division. Effective chairs learn the value of developing an institution-wide perspective and collaborating among their peers to promote greater institutional effectiveness. Most chairs come into their positions with little training for leadership responsibilities or experience cultivating a wider view of campus challenges. How can sharing data to strengthen curricular offerings, cooperating on budget management, and developing common mentoring programs for adjunct faculty members benefit from a collaborative approach among colleague chairs? These questions arise in part from the increase in interdisciplinary work and organizational consolidation of disciplinary programs into larger departmental or divisional units. The 2012 Workshops for Department and Division Chairs will focus on collaborative strategies and practical approaches that chairs can implement upon their return to campus.
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 instituting improvements upon their return to campus. A single representative from an institution would also find the workshop helpful. Chief academic officers, deans, and associate deans who work closely with chairs would find the program beneficial and are welcome to participate. Institutions may wish to send chairs to workshops in different locations to gain the perspectives of different speakers on the same topic and learn from multiple approaches to workshop topics. Registration is limited to chairs and other academic administrators at private colleges and universities. Each workshop can accommodate 100 participants.