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Leadership Development Series: Making the Strategic Plan – How Tos
November 21, 2017 @ 11:30 am - 1:00 pm
In order to do strategic planning – whether it is re-vamping curriculum, reworking graduate programs, or re-articulating the direction of the department or unit – chairs not only need to provide their colleagues the information they need to get going (the subject of the previous chat on planning), but also need a process to do the planning itself. While some departments do retreats or visioning exercises, often that is not enough to map a path forward, and to understand what has to happen in order to get there.
This session will focus on the nuts and bolts of the planning process itself: how do chairs get colleagues to work together, how do they move from conversations to a plan, how do they know what they need to get from plan to implementation, and how do they go from what is on paper to actually moving ahead.
The session will include a panel of faculty and staff who have led successful strategic planning processes, and will give participants a chance to talk through their ideas for strategic and academic planning, and figure out what works, what does not, and what the obstacles to a good process are and how to overcome them.
The Leadership Development Series, sometimes known as “chairs chats,” offers a variety of workshops and seminars for department chairs and academic center directors, along with associate deans and others in management positions. The sessions – some of which follow the peer-to-peer (“chat”) model, and some of which will be led by experienced chairs and other academic leaders – emphasize the development of aptitudes and skills associated with academic leadership. The offerings can be categorized into four main areas:
- Strategic planning
- Supervision and management
- Budgets and finance
- Climate and inclusion