Department Chairs: Reflect, Refresh, and Plan for the New Year

Department Chairs: Reflect, Refresh, and Plan for the New Year


Create a plan to lead your department with energy, vision, and resilience.


Department chairs are under increasing pressure to manage and direct complex situations. In addition to navigating the changing landscape of higher education, you are making difficult budgetary decisions and supporting faculty under extreme duress – all while managing the effects of the pandemic on your own personal life. How can you create a plan to avoid burnout?

Join us for this virtual training to get advice for how to balance all the roles of academic chairs/program directors — including that of a leader and colleague — during these challenging times. You will be given space to connect with other chairs and program directors to reignite your passion for academia and shift your focus to restorative practices. You will leave this workshop with practical strategies to help manage your load and ensure sufficient self-care.


Who Should Attend

This workshop is designed for new and seasoned academic chairs and program directors who recognize the current difficulties in academic leadership and want to create a more sustainable path for 2021.


Follow Through With Success Coaching

Have you ever gone to a training only to find that you came back with great ideas but don’t have the time, support, or skills needed to make the changes?

Academic Impressions has produced thousands of trainings and we have learned that utilizing a coach after attending a conference helps provide accountability and bridges the training with the on-the-ground work of getting the job done.

As a result, we are now offering success coaching on select conferences.

  • Purchase this training + 3 one hour follow up success coaching calls
  • Work with an assigned coach who has extensive experience in higher ed.
  • Get individualized support to help you follow through on what you’ve learned.
  • Workshop your plans, run your ideas by someone and get additional help/practice.

To learn more, contact Patricia Sandler at or purchase success coaching below.

The Academic Impressions Online Learning Experience

Our virtual trainings go far beyond just replicating PowerPoint presentations online: these experiences are intentionally designed to give you the kind of robust and dynamic learning experience you’ve come to expect from Academic Impressions. These trainings provide you with an active learning environment and an online space where you can explore ideas, get inspired by what your peers are doing, and understand the range of possibilities around a certain topic. You will leave these sessions with practical solutions that you can take back to your team or task force.

What you will get:

  • A dynamic, interactive, and high-touch virtual learning experience designed to engage and set you up for growth
  • Seamless online face-time, networking, group work, and Q&A opportunities from the comfort of your own workspace
  • Practical takeaways and hands-on knowledge
  • Guidance from vetted subject matter experts
  • Unlimited access to all recorded online sessions


Tuesday, December 15, 2020

1:00 - 3:00 p.m. Eastern


During this two-hour workshop our expert will lead you through the following considerations:

Being a Chair: Addressing the specific challenges and opportunities of being an academic chair

Being a Colleague: Addressing the role of being a colleague across the academic enterprise

Keeping the 'i' in Chair Small: Balancing your roles of leader and colleague

Managing the Load: Strategies for the changing demands of this leadership role

Planning for You: Designing a plan that integrates your individualized restorative practices for the new year


Portrait of Peter Anderson

Peter Anderson, PhD

Inner Citadel Consulting

After over two decades in academia, Peter — a national award-winning teacher and academic leader with governance, chair, and international leadership experience — took advantage of a spousal move to “switch”, opening his own firm for Emotional Intelligence and Mindful Leadership Coaching and Consulting (

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Patricia Sandler
Director of Integrated Professional Development, Academic Impressions

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