Faculty Affairs Roundtable for Unit-Level Leaders: A Cohort-Based Series


Faculty Affairs Roundtable for Unit-Level Leaders

March 23 - April 27, 2023
Individual Dates: March 23, 30, April 6, 13, 20, and 27, 2023

Engage with a cohort of unit-level faculty and academic affairs leaders to build your network, explore common issues, and share current practices.


Deans, Vice Deans, and those in similar unit-level positions occupy a unique role between central faculty affairs leadership and faculty. They must work in tandem with leadership to implement and enforce policy for complex and sensitive faculty personnel and climate issues, while also playing a pivotal role supporting chairs, program directors, and overall faculty success.

Due to these and other factors, unit-level faculty affairs leaders need ongoing support and community that can only be provided by others who have served in or who are serving in this role. Join other unit-level faculty affairs leaders across higher education for a roundtable series to discuss common challenges, get support from experienced professionals, and build your network. You will:

  • Engage in discussion about timely topics and professional challenges you’re facing in a small, cohort-based, and confidential environment.
  • Build community with other unit-level faculty affairs leaders and expand your professional network.
  • Learn from peers and exchange practices and strategies.
  • Come away with a crowd-sourced repository of templates, sample language, and other resources that you can refer to and use to inform your future work.

To preserve an intimate and productive experience, each roundtable will be capped at 12 attendees.


Who Should Attend

This group engagement is specifically designed for unit-level faculty and academic affairs leaders who serve as Deans, Assistant Deans, Vice Deans, and similar roles. Academic leaders across all institutional types and sizes, and from both unionized and non-unionized campuses, are invited to attend.


How Roundtables Work

The goal of our roundtable is to bring together a small cohort of peers for a comprehensive learning and networking experience. Through short, regular live meetings, you will come together with a maximum of nine other peers and our two experts in order to:

  • Build strong connections and expand your network.
  • Try new tactics and approaches to improve your leadership.
  • Share your best practices and learn from others.
  • Carve out time for self-reflection.
  • Be part of a cohort-based support community.
  • Contribute to the conversation with your own thought leadership.

What is the time commitment?

The cohort will meet six times, on Thursdays from March 23-April 27, 2023, at 12:30 – 1:30 p.m. ET. Each meeting runs for one hour. Participants may be asked to read light, relevant materials in advance of some sessions.

Can’t attend all sessions?

No problem. However, we recommend participating in at least five sessions to get the most value out of this experience.

What Previous Attendees Said About the Event

“Hearing about other professionals’ experiences at the Roundtable helped me slip into my new job role with more confidence.”

- Mark Carrier

Cal State Fullerton, Executive Director of Faculty Affairs and Records

“The Faculty Affairs Round Table provided a space for conversation that is not usually available to Deans and Vice Deans. It is worth making the time within an otherwise turbulent middle management role. Just talking to others that get the demands of the Dean role is very valuable.”

- Kyle Winslow

Columbia Basin College, Dean for the Schools of Business and Computer Science

“In this faculty affairs roundtable series, hearing others' perspectives and ideas provided great connections, showed that we all have strengths, and offered opportunities to expand our knowledge and skillset around faculty affairs.”

- Lynn Jones

Associate Dean of Personnel and Graduate Programs, College of Social & Behavioral Sciences, Northern Arizona University


Session 1: March 23, 2023 | 12:30 – 1:30 p.m. ET

Session 2: March 30, 2023 | 12:30 – 1:30 p.m. ET

Session 3: April 6, 2023 | 12:30 – 1:30 p.m. ET

Session 4: April 13, 2023 | 12:30 – 1:30 p.m. ET

Session 5: April 20, 2023 | 12:30 – 1:30 p.m. ET

Session 6: April 27, 2023 | 12:30 – 1:30 p.m. ET

During this series of roundtable sessions, you and your fellow attendees will drive the agenda based on common challenges such as the following:

  • Recruiting and retaining BIPOC, woman-identified, and/or LGBTQIA faculty
  • Navigating generational differences among faculty
  • Microaggressions and bullying



Non-tenure-track faculty
  • Role of adjuncts vs. term faculty
  • How to most effectively support term and alt-ac faculty



Faculty review processes
  • Promotion and tenure
  • Annual review
Faculty success
  • Effectively supporting junior faculty
  • Mentorship for mid-career faculty
  • Faculty development programming



Shared governance
  • Relationship with faculty senate
  • Working with faculty unions
  • Interpreting academic policies
  • Managing up



Collaboration with internal partners
  • Institutional-level leaders such as VPs and Provosts
  • Unit-level leaders such as Chairs and Directors
  • Human Resources
  • Legal counsel
  • Working in decentralized cultures
  • Building effective partnerships


Portrait of Dr. Marie L. Miville

Dr. Marie L. Miville

Vice-Dean, Faculty Affairs at Teachers College, Columbia University

As VDFA, Marie coordinates many aspects of faculty work life, including organizing the New Faculty Orientation, assembling mentoring committees for pre-tenure faculty, preparing summary reports for the Provost Office regarding the tenure and promotion processes of individual faculty members, meeting individually with faculty regarding any concerns they may have, and providing support services for faculty during the retirement process.

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Portrait of Tricia Penniecook

Tricia Penniecook

Physician, Educator, and Public Health Administrator

Tricia Penniecook has over 25 years of experience as a physician, educator, and public health administrator. She believes that it is the responsibility of public health academia to create, educate, and support leaders of different passions, interests, and experiences—leaders who will understand and embrace their responsibilities in achieving health equity through practice, research, advocacy, and policy development.

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