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
Offered every August, this three-day seminar provides new department chairs and academic center directors with 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.
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. Topics may include strategic planning, supervision and management, budgets and finance, and 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.