Department Chairs: Maximize Your Productivity By Cultivating Your Academic Staff

Last updated March 9, 2020

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Last Updated

March 9, 2020

Department Chairs: Maximize Your Productivity By Cultivating Your Academic Staff

Last updated March 9, 2020

Managing academic staff may not be something you’re trained to do. But doing it effectively can fuel your productivity.


As a department chair, you’re stretched between teaching, research, meetings, and overflowing inboxes. Especially if you’re newer to the role, you may feel tempted to field this day-to-day without help – because faculty members commonly work on their own. Even if you’re ready to ask your academic staff for assistance, you haven’t been trained to manage them or discuss their performance.

Join us online to learn how to build the capacity of your academic staff, which will help you manage your time and workload and focus on your most important leadership responsibilities. In the session, we’ll cover:

  • How to define staff roles and responsibilities with clear purpose and intention
  • How to set boundaries within your own role as chair
  • How to reinforce performance expectations with affirmation and feedback

Who should attend?

This webcast is for new or seasoned department chairs who are:

  • Wishing for more time in the day
  • Looking for helpers within their departments
  • Struggling to delegate responsibilities to others

If you’re a department chair leading your team through change or disruption, you can also register for our Managing Change as a Department Chair: 5 Traps to Avoid webcast.


To help you learn how to cultivate your academic staff, your expert speaker will guide you through the following:

  1. Setting Expectations and Defining Staff Roles with Intention – Learn how to create job descriptions with purpose and clarity so that you are fully supported and can focus on your most important and meaningful work. You’ll learn:
    1. How to communicate written and unwritten responsibilities.
    2. How to set boundaries while also making yourself visible.
  2. How to Reinforce and Reset Expectations – Learn how to make your staff feel good and bring out the best in them. You’ll practice the art of affirmation (used to reinforce expectations) and feedback (used to reset expectations).