About the Workshops

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 2015 Workshops for Department and Division Chairs will focus on strategic and practical approaches to developing leadership skills and institution-wide vision—for chairs and faculty peers with whom they will work upon returning to campus.

Department and division chairs serve as the bridge between the members of their department or division and senior administrators. Effective chairs learn the value of developing an institution-wide perspective, communicating clearly, and collaborating with their peers to promote greater institutional effectiveness. They must develop the ability to think strategically, plan actively for the future, and cooperate with other academic and administrative departments on campus, including admissions, development, and student affairs. At the same time, most chairs are heavily invested in their faculty responsibilities of teaching, advising, service, and research. How can chairs balance the competing priorities of their roles as faculty member, department advocate, and institutional planner?


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 and learn from multiple approaches to workshop topics. Opportunities will be offered at breakfast and lunch for representatives of institutions of similar size and structure to share experiences and effective practices. Registration is limited to chairs and other academic administrators at private, nonprofit, liberal arts-based colleges and universities. Each workshop can accommodate 100 participants.