Take the time to develop yourself as a successful department chair and leader.
Gain the skills you need to lead the strategic vision of your academic department as well as your faculty colleagues. During this practically-focused training, you will learn tools and tactics to help you be successful in both duties as a department chair, including how to:
Facilitated by experts with over fifty years of combined experience in higher education administration, this interactive conference focuses on helping you lead in a way that will help your department move past challenges. All sessions are case-based, with scenarios drawn from actual events that you are likely to encounter.
Addressing issues of civility among faculty can be a thorny issue. This workshop will provide an in-depth examination of this increasingly important issue, including concrete steps academic leaders can take to improve civility on campus and address issues as they arise.
This leadership institute is designed strictly for department chairs, with a particular emphasis on experienced chairs looking to develop the expertise to become an exceptional department leader. 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. When you register 2 people from your institution you get the 3rd at 50% off.
Contact Tunde Brimah, Director of Program Development at Tunde@academicimpressions.com or 720-988-1220 if you’d like additional information about the program.
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Learning Outcome:After participating in this conference, you will be able to enhance your leadership skills to become a more effective department chair.
Addressing issues of civility among faculty can be a thorny issue. This workshop will provide an in-depth examination of this increasingly important issue, including concrete steps academic leaders can take to improve civility on campus and address issues as they arise. Session topics will include:
This workshop will examine scenarios and concrete examples of managing incivility that will inform your own institutional policies and practices.
Disputes between departmental colleagues, student complaints, budget cuts, potential program closures, angry parents, rank and tenure challenges. How can you, as department chair, begin to address and effectively manage these types of issues? Do you have the necessary skills to lead your department, manage the issues that arise each day, and communicate your individual and departmental needs to senior leadership?
Day one of this workshop will focus on the internal and external challenges to the work you do. It will also provide a series of practical and accessible tools regarding:
In this session, each participant will apply the previous sessions’ takeaways by creating a plan for action to address a significant challenge in his/her department. Participants will receive feedback from their peers and from the conference presenters.
Finally, participants will be encouraged to consider ways in which they can develop a personal leadership plan to guide them moving forward, as well as to continue their own professional development on their home campus.
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.
As educator, management consultant, university administrator, and former business executive, Walt has conducted research and written extensively on the topics of leadership, team development, conflict, and stress and time management. He has published over 200 articles, 24 books and monographs, and numerous scholarly papers in national and international journals. Gmelch is author of three books on leadership with Val Miskin (Chairing an Academic Department, 2004, Leadership Skills for Department Chairs, 2011, and Productivity Teams: Beyond Quality Circles) and two on management and stress (Coping with Faculty Stress and Beyond Stress to Effective Management). With Irene W.D. Hecht and Mary Lou Higgerson, he co-authored The Department Chair as Academic Leader, 1999.
Today Walt is one of the leading researchers in the study of academic leaders in higher education, serving on the editorial board of several journals including The Department Chair, International Journal of Leadership and Change, Academic Leadership, and the Center for Academic Leadership Newsletter. He has directed two national studies of 1,600 university department chairs in the United States, one study of 1,580 Australian department heads, another investigation of 1,000 community college chairs, and an international study of 2,000 academic deans in Australia and America.
Gmelch has received numerous honors including a Kellogg National Fellowship, The University Council for Educational Administration Distinguished Professor Award, The Faculty Excellence Award for Research, and the Education Press Award of America. In addition he served in the Danforth Leadership program; has been an advisor and faculty to the Salzburg Seminars on Higher Education and Global Citizenship, and has been an Australian Research Fellow.
Kathleen serves as General Counsel and Secretary of the Corporation for Saint Xavier University. In addition to her work at the University, Kathleen serves as a consultant, facilitator and conflict coach for colleges and university across the country, assisting them with the implementation of supervisory best practices and communication tools to effectively manage departmental and other campus conflict. She serves as Of Counsel at Franczek Radelet, P.C. in Chicago and as a principal in Conflict Consultants Network, LLC, with a focus on the design of dispute resolution systems for use in higher education.
Kathleen is a featured speaker on higher education and dispute resolution issues at numerous local, regional and national seminars. She served on NACUA's Board of Directors (2005-2008). Prior to her legal career, Ms. Rinehart was an educator and Master Teacher at New Trier High School in Winnetka, IL., and served as the law clerk to Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice (Ret.), Janine P. Geske.
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The rate is $189 for single or double occupancy, plus a resort fee.
A room block has been reserved for the nights of June 11, 12, and 13, 2017.
Make your reservations prior to May 19, 2017. There are a limited number of rooms available at the conference rate. Please make your reservations early. Rooms are subject to hotel availability.
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San Diego International Airport (SAN) is located approximately five miles, or 15 minutes, from Hyatt Regency Mission Bay Spa & Marina hotel.
San Diego Airport Shuttle: The Cloud 9 Shuttle runs 24 hours daily with service to San Diego International Airport. Fare is approximately $13.00 USD per person/one way. Call 800-974-8885 for reservations.
San Diego Taxi Services: Fare is approximately $23.00 USD from the hotel to San Diego International Airport via Yellow Cab.
“As a new Department Chair, I found the conference extremely valuable for my leadership growth. Thanks--job well done! ”- Gayle Lopez, Management Department Chair, Ferris State University
“Excellent instructors and very useful information for any future department chair. ”- Peter de Lijser, Vice Chair and Professor of Chemistry, California State University, Fullerton
“Speakers are great and they have real life experience of the aspects they are teaching. ”- K. Dino Vrongistinos, Professor and Chair, Department of Kinesiology, CSU Northridge
“Many practical applications that I can bring back to campus with me. Thank you. ”- Sharon Button, Ed.D Associate Dean, McHenry County College
“Information was pertinent and well presented in general. Provided much-needed training. ”- Nicolas Brummel, Chair, Applied Mathematics and Statistics, University of California, Santa Cruz
“Having served as a chair for a little over a year, I found my level of understanding to be perfect. The program provided timely advice for many issues I encounter on a daily basis. ”- Dr. John R. Schmidt, Director, School of Built Environment, Ferris State University
“As a first-time chair, the tangible, skills-based approach was invaluable; I will apply these lessons daily. ”- Erik D. Fritsvold, Associate Professor of Criminology, University of San Diego
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