Practical advice and skills that every department chair needs.
Join us for our 4th annual management skills for department chairs training. During this pre-conference workshop and two-day conference you will sharpen the skills you need to both manage and lead your academic department. Current and former department chairs, Jeffrey L Buller, Jennifer Faust, and Domenick Pinto, will share their personal experience and lessons learned so that you can confidently navigate the department chair role. Throughout the event we will focus on three critical aspects of management, including:
To ensure a productive and collaborative learning environment, this program is limited to the first 50 registrants. You will leave with knowledge that you can only gain from our experts’ personal experience.
We have intentionally designed this event to balance information-sharing with learning activities. To give you a practical understanding of the skills needed, you will be asked to problem-solve case scenarios that department chairs commonly face during their tenure.
Facilitated by Jeffrey Buller, author of Positive Academic Leadership: How to Stop Putting Out Fires and Start Making a Difference, this workshop will focus on teaching you to lead more effectively no matter the challenges you face. We will begin by looking at how you can gain a fresh perspective and update the language you use. We will round out the day by looking at leading within the academic system and explore the role of negativity within leadership. You will leave better prepared to make a real difference in the long term rather than spending your time putting out one fire after another.
This leadership institute is designed specifically for department chairs, with a particular emphasis on chairs who are looking to develop the expertise to become an exceptional manager within their department. The depth and breadth of training in this workshop is also suitable for those who are contemplating making a move from department chair to a higher administrative position.
Contact Tunde Brimah, Director of Program Development at Tunde@academicimpressions.com or 720-988-1220 if you’d like additional information about the program.
We want you to be satisfied with your Academic Impressions learning experience. If the program you purchased fails to meet your expectations, please contact us within 30 days and let us know. We’ll credit the full amount you paid toward another AI program that may better fit your needs.
Learning Outcome:After participating in this conference, you will be able to develop the skills necessary to advance your management and leadership role as a department chair.
The expression positive academic leadership leaves many people with a misconception that this means thinking positively and having a good attitude. In this session, we will discuss what positive academic leadership really is and how you can learn to change your perspective in order to achieve more productive results. You will learn:
After looking at how changing your perspective can help you see more positive possibilities we will focus on how changing your language can help you communicate those possibilities to your colleagues. A surprising number of leadership problems arise because academic leaders ineffectively communicate their decisions to colleagues. During this session, you will learn:
Departments, colleges, and universities are all systems and adopting a systems approach can help to advance our positive academic leadership. In this session, you will explore how being aware of the nature of the system in which you work can help you change your style for improved results. You will learn:
In our final workshop session, we will review how and when negativity and pessimism are destructive and when they can be desirable. We will also draw together key points from throughout the workshop so that you can leave with an action plan for adapting positive academic leadership to your institution. You will learn:
Department Chairs are intermediaries between their departments and college leadership. The call to do more with shrinking resources requires the chair to champion the vision and values of the department while simultaneously advancing the dean’s goals and plans for the college. This session focuses on three key aspects of the chair’s balancing act:
Effective communication can help you manage your department better by dealing with difficult situations, creating a positive work environment, and building stakeholder buy-in. This session will help you learn:
Building on our morning discussion of effective communication skills, we will discuss how you can improve departmental morale and facilitate positive change through:
After discussing communication we will turn our focus to managing faculty. In this session you will learn how you can inspire your colleagues, anticipate personnel challenges, and solve personnel problems in an effective and legal manner. Topics discussed include:
Planning the departmental budget is one of your most important responsibilities as a chair. During this session, we will discuss the complex relationship between strategic planning, resource allocation, and departmental mission and goals. Topics include:
This session will be your chance to pull together the common threads of the previous sessions and discuss how to take the lessons you learned here back to your department for immediate application. We will focus particular attention on the importance of:
Jeffrey L. Buller is widely recognized as one of the most effective promoters of academic leadership development in higher education today. He currently serves as dean of the Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College of Florida Atlantic University, having previously served for more than thirty years in administrative positions at Loras College, Georgia Southern University, and Mary Baldwin College. On July 1, 2016, he will transition, after ten successful years as a dean at Florida Atlantic University, to becoming that institution’s first executive director of a newly created Center for Leadership and Professional Development.
Dr. Buller is a prolific author, best known for The Essential Department Chair: A Comprehensive Desk Reference, Academic Leadership Day by Day: Small Steps That Lead to Great Success, The Essential College Professor: A Practical Guide to an Academic Career, The Essential Academic Dean or Provost: A Comprehensive Desk Reference, Best Practices in Faculty Evaluation: A Practical Guide for Academic Leaders, Positive Academic Leadership: How to Stop Putting Out Fires and Start Making a Difference, Building Academic Leadership Capacity: A Guide to Best Practices, A Toolkit for Department Chairs, and A Toolkit for College Professors.
From 2003-2005, he served as the principal English-language lecturer at the International Wagner Festival in Bayreuth, Germany. More recently, he has been active as a consultant to the Ministry of Education in Saudi Arabia, where he is assisting with the creation of a kingdom-wide Academic Leadership Center. Along with Robert E. Cipriano, Dr. Buller is a senior partner in ATLAS: Academic Training, Leadership, & Assessment Services, through which he has presented numerous training workshops on change leadership in higher education all over the world.
In her current position, Dr. Faust serves as a consultant to offices and programs across the University of Wisconsin, assisting with a variety of projects ranging from improving department culture and climate to strategic planning. She has extensive experience in faculty affairs administration including labor relations and grievance handling, faculty policy, faculty and department chair training and development, and faculty personnel management. As a long-time faculty member and a department chair prior to becoming an academic administrator, Dr. Faust understands the unique context that academic departments present as well as the value of tenure and the longevity and stability of the academic “workforce.”
She has presented workshops and seminars to faculty members, department chairs, and academic administrators from institutions across the U.S., on topics from “Handling Complaints 101: What Every Department Chair Needs to Know to Survive” to “Dealing with Difficult Colleagues.” At a former institution, she founded the Academic Leadership Institute, which provided new and aspiring faculty, staff, and administrators with the tools needed to both manage and lead others.
Domenick Pinto is an Associate Professor of Computer Science, as well as the department chair and director of both the Master’s in Computer Science and the Master’s in Cyber Security at Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, CT. He has been with Sacred Heart for 40 years and has been chairperson for 29 of those years.
Domenick has presented at numerous conferences in his career including the Academic Chairperson’s conference, the CIC Chair’s workshop, the International Conference on Teaching and Learning at which he received 2 excellence in teaching awards and has been an invited workshop presenter. He has published numerous times in the Department Chair publication and has been honored several times at Sacred Heart for his outstanding leadership and service and teaching. In addition, Domenick has served as University Academic Assembly president twice.
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“The examples given, taken from the personal experience of these experts, are invaluable. You can't just look this up.”- Jeremy Alm, Associate Professor and Chair of Mathematics, Illinois College
“AI provided a focused, comprehensive survey of critical topics relevant to leadership in higher education. Clearly one of the best options for new and experienced department heads.”- Dr. Shawn Wahl, Department Head and Professor of Communication, Missouri State University
“AI exceeded my expectations for content and critical thinking focused on my role as chair. I wish I had this experience when I started as chair three years ago!”- Robin Muhammad, Chair and Associate Professor, Ohio University
“This conference helps new chairs orient themselves for their complex responsibilities.”- Cynthia Cochran, Chair of Education, Associate Professor of English, Director of the Campus Writing Center, Illinois College
“Good resource for new and existing department chairs.”- Suresh Viswanathan, Chair of Department of Biological and Vision Sciences, SUNY State College of Optometry
“This program is great, especially for new chairs.”- Greg Black, Chair of Marketing Department, Metropolitan State University of Denver
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