Department Chairs and New Academic Leaders


Department Chairs Cabinet

Recognizing that the roles and responsibilities of the academic department Chair are among the most complex within the institution, Iowa State University established the Department Chairs Council, comprised of all current department Chairs, to provide for communication between the department Chairs as a group and the administration, faculty, staff and students of Iowa State University. To facilitate communication, the Council elects a Cabinet  which consists of one Chair from each of the colleges and four at-large Chairs. The Associate Provost for Faculty and the Faculty Senate President sit on the committee as ex-officio non-voting members. The cabinet meets monthly to discuss and establish positions on matters of University concern with particular implications for academic departments and programs.



Dawn Bratsch-Prince
Associate Provost for Faculty, 

Department Chair Workshop Series

The Department Chair Workshop Series aims to provide department chairs with valuable information and useful resources to assist them in their work as managers and academic leaders of their departments. The monthly workshops seek to build a community of practice for ongoing information sharing, problem solving, and support.

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 and/or posted on our website.

All department chairs, associate and assistant chairs are strongly encouraged to attend.

This academic year we are modifying our traditional department chair workshop schedule to reflect the unusual and rapidly changing circumstances we are living through. 

Adapting the model we used this summer, we have scheduled virtual Chairs’ Chats twice monthly. These sixty minute sessions will be used for delivering timely information, soliciting feedback, addressing topics of interest to you, or simply connecting.   

Schedule of virtual Chairs’ Chats for 2020-2021*:

  • September 9, 2020 
  • September 23, 2020
  • October 7, 2020 
  • October 21, 2020 
  • November 18, 2020 
  • December 2, 2020
  • January 20, 2021
  • February 3, 2021 
  • February 17, 2021
  • March 10, 2021 
  • March 31, 2021
  • April 21, 2021 
  • May 5, 2021

* dates are subject to change 




    Katharine Hensley,
    Faculty Success Coordinator,

    New Academic Leadership Boot Camp

    The Office of the Senior Vice President and Provost coordinates orientation, training, and support for new academic affairs administrators (e.g. deans, associate deans, assistant deans, department chairs, academic program directors). This orientation brings administrators and experts from around campus who can offer valuable insight on the new responsibilities of academic administrators and who will serve as a resource. The orientation also provides an opportunity to interact with colleagues.

    2020-2021 Schedule:

    August 28, 2020Welcome and Introduction to Expectations for Leadership in a Time of Uncertainty
    September 11, 2020Your Leadership Style and DiSC
    September 18, 2020Actively Supporting Inclusivity and Student Success
    October 2, 2020Assessing Faculty Performance in the Era of COVID-19
    October 9, 2020The Art of Managing People
    October 30, 2020Fostering Faculty Success
    November 6, 2020Conducting Effective Faculty and Staff Performance Evaluations
    November 13, 2020Data-Informed Decision-Making
    December 18, 2020Ethical Approaches to ISU's Research Enterprise
    January 22, 2021Managing Financial Resources
    February 5, 2021Mentoring and Supporting Graduate Students, Professional Students, and Postdocs
    February 26, 2021Approaching Promotion and Tenure as New Administrators: Pitfalls and Best Practices


    Katharine Hensley,
    Faculty Success Coordinator,