University of Wisconsin–Madison

Leadership Development

In collaboration with colleagues in the Office of the Provost and other campus units, the vice provost for faculty and staff sponsors a number of programs designed to help develop leadership among faculty and staff, specifically department chairs.

The following are some of the major programs designed to provide resources to department chairs.

Department Chair Boot Camp

Prior to the beginning of the academic year, this three-day seminar provides new department chairs and academic center directors a hands-on primer on how to lead a department. The seminar is led by experienced chairs and other campus leaders, and includes sessions on priority setting, money and budgets, working effectively with faculty and staff colleagues, managing conflict, mentoring faculty and staff, and communication and fundraising. See the 2017-18 schedule.

Leadership Development Series – “Chairs Chats”

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

View all upcoming sessions.

Big Ten Academic Alliance Programs

The Big Ten Academic Alliance’s leadership training programs, coordinated by the vice provost for faculty and staff, select nominees who have been recommended by school and college deans to participate in the following two programs: the Academic Leadership Program (ALP) and the Department Executive Officers (DEO) Program. Learn more.

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