Strategies to Run a Successful Lab as Chair

Last updated June 17, 2021

Course Length

1h 40m

Last Updated

June 17, 2021

Strategies to Run a Successful Lab as Chair

Last updated June 17, 2021

Learn how you can balance your lab responsibilities with your administrative duties as Department Chair.


Running a lab is essential in some disciplines; it is how one maintains a research portfolio, creates an avenue for original publications, and establishes credibility among colleagues in order to build your brand. However, maintaining a lab while Chair can be challenging, considering the added administrative duties associated with leading the department.

Join us online and learn how to set yourself and your lab up for success. In this training, you will:

  • Learn how to negotiate for the right job description, resources, and goals that will allow you and your lab to flourish from the beginning.
  • Identify potential barriers that may be limiting the growth of your lab and how to mitigate and remove those barriers.
  • Gain insights into how you can monitor and measure your success to determine if what you negotiated for is the right path forward.

We understand that maintaining your research agenda while also serving as an administrator is important. Come to this training and find out how to do both in a way that catapults your career.

Who should attend?

This webcast is ideal for those thinking about becoming a department chair or new chairs with up to four years of experience. If you’re a tenured chair looking to revamp your lab, you may also find this training beneficial.


August 12, 2021

1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Eastern


Part 1: Establishing and Negotiating Goals for Your Lab

In this introductory section, you will learn how to approach and conduct a needs assessment to determine your greatest needs – for yourself and your lab. We will also address ways you can negotiate for those needs, including how to advocate for the right time, personnel, and financial support.



Part II: Managing Your Lab Successfully

Once you have identified your needs, you will want to ensure your needs are being met. In this section, you will be introduced to the key components for managing your lab effectively, including tips and strategies for time and resource management and delegation. You will also participate in activities that allow you to identify barriers that might prevent you from realizing your goals and brainstorm ways to remove or mitigate those barriers.



Part III: Assessing Your Success

As we conclude the webcast, you will discuss with your peers how you can maintain and monitor the goals you negotiated for yourself and your lab. You will walk away with a variety of ways you can measure your success, including some traditional and non-traditional methods.