Leadership Development

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

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

Leadership Essentials for New Department Chairs

Leadership Essentials is a three-day immersion in academic leadership, providing new department chairs with the information, resources, and network they need to lead their departments successfully. Each day features discussions with university experts on the key aspects of a department chair’s job, including creating diverse and inclusive workplaces, managing people, interacting with the media, and fundraising. Each day is also designed to foster connection and community among participants. View more details and the schedule of events.

Department Chair Community of Practice

The Department Chair Community of Practice, also known as “chairs’ chats,” offers a variety of learning opportunities for department chairs and academic center directors. The gatherings 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.

Big Ten Academic Alliance Programs

The Big Ten Academic Alliance’s leadership training programs, coordinated by the vice provost for faculty and staff affairs, 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.


For questions or to register, please contact Jill Gower.