About the Workshops

Balancing the role of departmental or division leader with that of faculty peer is challenging. 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 to their colleagues. Effective chairs learn the value of developing an institution wide perspective, communicating clearly, and collaborating among their peers to promote greater institutional effectiveness. At the same time, most chairs are heavily invested in their faculty responsibilities of teaching, advising, and maintaining scholarly activity. How can chairs maintain excellence in the very areas that they are now called upon to evaluate in their faculty colleagues? How do they balance the demands of the competing roles that place them simultaneously above and alongside their faculty peers?

Most chairs come into their positions with little training for managing the chair’s responsibilities, cultivating a wider view of campus challenges, or understanding the leadership role that they have been asked to accept. The 2013 Workshops for Department and Division Chairs will focus on strategies and practical approaches to developing leadership skills—for themselves and faculty peers with whom they will work upon 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 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. Institutions may wish to send chairs to workshops in different locations to gain the perspectives of other 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.