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.

2022-2023 Meetings of the Chairs Cabinet 

All meetings will be 8:15 a.m. to 9:30 a.m., in 3150 Beardshear

  • September 2
  • October 7
  • November 11
  • December 9
  • January 27
  • February 24
  • March 24
  • April 21

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 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.

2022-2023 Department Chair Workshops

Speaking Up: How Department Leaders Can Change the Conversation in the Academic Workplace, Tuesday, October 4, 9:00 a.m. to noon or 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Registration link

Presenters: This workshop will be led by Dr. Stephanie Goodwin and the PowerPlay group of the University of New Hampshire using authentic scenarios provided by the ADVANCE Midwest Partnership's leadership. PowerPlay Interactive Development utilizes professional actors and Applied Theatre techniques to address issues around personal, professional, and institutional development. They use Interactive Theatre as a method to spark dialogue about institutional climate and culture and improve performance in the workplace.

The Chair's Role in Mentoring Graduate Students, Friday, October 28, 2022, 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., Room 3560, MU

Presenter: Willliam Graves, Graduate College Dean

Retaining our Faculty: Best Practices in Retention of Faculty, Wednesday, November 30, 2022, 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., Campanile Room, MU

Presenter: Tera Jordan, Assistant Provost for Faculty Development

Performance Evaluations: Working Through the Challenges, Monday, December 12, 2022, 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m., Room 3560, MU

Presenter: Dawn Bratsch-Prince, Associate Provost for Faculty

Evaluation of Teaching 2.0, Thursday, February 16, 2023, 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m., Room 3580, MU

Presenter: Sara Marcketti, Director of CELT

Faculty Advancement and Review: Outcomes and Discussion, Wednesday, May 3, 2023, 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., Room 3560, MU

Presenters: Jonathan Wickert, Senior Vice President and Provost and Dawn Bratsch-Prince, Associate Provost for Faculty

2022-2023 Virtual Chairs' Chats

Virtual Chairs’ Chats will occur monthly, 10:00 a.m to 10:50 a.m. on the first Wednesday of each month (September through May). These fifty minute sessions will be used for delivering timely information, soliciting feedback, addressing topics of interest to you, or simply connecting.   

    New Academic Leadership Boot Camp

    New (and newly interim) department chairs, school directors, associate chairs, and associate deans are invited to participate in a year-long series of in-person sessions. These meetings introduce new academic leaders to policies, practices, and people instrumental to a successful first year in leadership. Sessions are scheduled several times a month, on Friday mornings from 8:30 a.m to 9:45 a.m., in 2030 Morrill Hall.

    September 9, 2022Welcome and Introduction to Expectations for Academic Leadership
    September 16, 2022Approaching Promotion and Tenure as New Administrators: Pitfalls and Best Practices
    September 30, 2022Workday HCM for New Academic Administrators
    October 7, 2022Delegation and Time Management: Utilizing the Resources Available
    October 14, 2022Creating a Culture of Inclusivity
    October 28, 2022Fostering Faculty Success
    November 4, 2022Managing Financial Resources
    November 11, 2022Conducting Effective Faculty and Staff Performance Evaluations
    December 2, 2022Workday Finance
    January 20, 2023Data-informed Decision-Making
    January 27, 2023Equal Opportunity: What New Administrators Need to Know
    February 3, 2023Mentoring and Supporting Graduate Students, Professional Students, and Postdocs
    February 17, 2023Ethical Approaches to ISU's Research Enterprise
    February 24, 2023Your Leadership Style and DiSC