Department Chair Professional Development Workshop Series

The Department Chair Workshop Series are workshops that focus on relevant topics of interest to those serving as department chairs. These sessions aim to provide department chairs with valuable information and useful resources to assist them in their work as managers and academic leaders of their departments. We ultimately seek to provide chairs with the opportunity to build a network of resources and contacts within the university for ongoing information sharing, problem solving and support.

Workshops address topics related to personnel policies and procedures, conflict management, federal policy, faculty advancement, financial management and student affairs. Workshops are led by faculty, staff and administrators with demonstrated expertise in the session topic. Presentation materials and handouts may be distributed during the sessions. These materials will also be posted on our website.

Participants are encouraged to bring their lunch. Dessert and refreshments will be provided (unless it is noted that lunch is provided).  All department chairs are strongly encouraged to attend. Your associate and assistant chairs are also very welcome to attend.

For more information, to submit questions, or to suggest a future workshop topic contact:

 

2016-2017

Cyber Snooping and the Academic Search: What Chairs Need to Know
Thursday, August 25, 2016, 11:30am-1:30pm, Gallery, Memorial Union
Lunch will be provided
Welcome by Jonathan Wickert, Senior Vice President and Provost
Presenters: Maureen De Armond, University Counsel, and Dana Rasmussen, University Human Resources  

Effective Communication with Difficult People
Friday, September 23, 2016, 2:00pm-4:00pm, Gallery, Memorial Union
Refreshments provided  
Presenter: Walter Gmelch, Dean Emeritus, University of San Francisco  

Creating an Inclusive Classroom: What is the Role of the Department Chair?
Wednesday, October 5, 2016, 2:00pm-4:00pm, Gallery, Memorial Union
Refreshments provided
Presenters: Ann Marie Van Der Zanden, and Laura Bestler, Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching  

What Chairs Need to Know about Equality, Equity, and Inclusion
Tuesday, October 18, 2016, 9:30am-11:00am, Campanile Room, Memorial Union
Refreshments provided
Presenter:  Margo Foreman, Director, Office of Equal Opportunity  

What to Do When Faculty are MIA?  Guidance on Balancing Operational Needs and Faculty Leave under FMLA, ADA, and FMDA  
Thursday November 17, 2016, 9:30am-11:30am, Gallery, Memorial Union
Refreshments provided
Presenters: Maureen De Armond, University Counsel; Kristi Darr, University Human Resources; Brenda Behling, Office of the Senior Vice President and Provost  

Retaining our Best Faculty
December 5, 2016, 11:30am-1:30pm, Pioneer Room, Memorial Union  
Lunch will be provided
Presenters:  Kristen Constant, Chair, University Chairs Cabinet; and panel of department chairs

Moving the Dial: The Power (and Pain) of Managing Faculty Performance
January 11, 2017, 9:00am-11:00am, Pioneer Room, Memorial Union
Refreshments provided
Presenters:  Dawn Bratsch-Prince, Associate Provost for Faculty; Maureen De Armond, University Counsel; Brenda Behling, Office of the Senior Vice President and Provost; Kristi Darr, University Human Resources; Andrea Little, University Human Resources  

“What Do You Mean I Have to Change?”:  How to Draft, Communicate, and Execute Effective Action Plans  
January 25, 2017, 2:00pm-4:00pm, Pioneer Room, Memorial Union
Refreshments provided
Presenters: Dawn Bratsch-Prince, Associate Provost for Faculty; and Maureen De Armond, University Counsel  

What’s Your Department Culture Like?
March 29, 2017, 11:30am-1:30pm, Campanile Room, Memorial Union
Lunch will be provided
Sponsored by ISU ADVANCE 

Faculty Advancement and Review: Outcomes and Best Practices
May 3, 2017, 9:30am-11:00am, Campanile, Memorial Union
Refreshments provided
Presenters: Jonathan Wickert, Senior Vice President and Provost; and Dawn Bratsch-Prince, Associate Provost for Faculty               

Past Department Chair Workshop Series