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 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.

New Chair Professional Development Learning Series

This series (formerly the New Department Chair Boot Camp) provides practical and valuable information on the crucial aspects of the work involved in leading a department. Experienced chairs and other campus leaders will discuss resources and engage participants on topics such as leadership behaviors and styles, financial, personnel, and issues management, supporting a diverse and inclusive department climate, governance and effective meetings, teaching, learning and assessment in a changed instructional environment, mentoring faculty and staff, and outreach and development. View more details and the schedule of events.

Chair Leadership Development (Chairs’ Chats)

The Chair Leadership Development Series, also known as “chairs’ chats,” offers a variety of workshops and seminars for department chairs and academic center directors. 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 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.