Empower Faculty and Staff to Contribute Meaningfully to Shared Governance:  A Discussion for Department Chairs

Last updated January 22, 2024

Empower Faculty and Staff to Contribute Meaningfully to Shared Governance:  A Discussion for Department Chairs

Last updated January 22, 2024

Explore ways to create a safe environment that encourages faculty and staff to contribute meaningfully to the shared governance process.

Overview

Shared governance allows faculty and staff to contribute their opinions, insights, and best ideas for the benefit of the campus community. Shared governance also demands that faculty and staff collaborate in a way that is respectful to others, appreciates diversity of thought, and builds consensus. This requires you, as department chair, to create an environment that encourages a safe space for all participants.   

Join us online for a one-hour discussion to better understand how you can create an environment that encourages faculty and staff to contribute meaningfully to the shared governance process. Although the conversation will be responsive to the questions asked by the attendees, we anticipate discussing some of the following key questions: 

  • In what ways can you create a shared purpose and communicate clear parameters for how individuals should engage in shared governance? 
  • How do you create an environment that supports openness to new ideas and minimizes unproductive criticism and conflict? 
  • How do you hold faculty and staff accountable for unproductive behavior? 

Come prepared to engage in dialogue, ask questions, and share insights that can help you and other department chairs to confidently navigate shared governance. 

Who should attend?

This discussion is specifically designed for any/all department chairs or program directors who are looking to facilitate an effective, collaborative, and inclusive shared governance process. Deans who are interested in supporting their department chairs in this work will also benefit from this discussion series.