A Cohort-Based Series for Academic Leaders: Faculty Affairs Roundtable


Faculty Affairs Roundtable


March 30 – May 10, 2023
Individual Session Dates: March 30, April 6, 10, 20, 27, May 4, 10, 2023

Engage with a cohort of other Faculty Affairs leaders to build your network, explore common issues you face, share current practices, and build your leadership capacity.


Faculty affairs leaders have no peers at their institutions. Charged with overseeing faculty development and support, as well as administering relevant policies and procedures across all faculty types, they play critically important roles on campus. They must focus on the big picture, setting institutional vision and prioritizing things like faculty career and leadership development. However, they must also dive into the details to interpret policy or disentangle the often complex and sensitive faculty personnel and climate issues that arise. Many do all of this with lean staffing and even leaner budgets.

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

  • Engage in discussion about timely topics and challenges you’re facing in your role in a small, cohort-based, and confidential environment.
  • Build community with other faculty affairs leaders and expand your professional network.
  • Learn from peers and exchange institution-specific practices and strategies.
  • Come away with a crowd-sourced repository of templates, sample language, and other resources that you can refer back 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 faculty affairs leaders who serve at the institutional level with a Provost-level reporting line (VP or AVP of Faculty Affairs or similar). Faculty affairs 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 to:

  • Build strong connections and expand your network.
  • Try new tactics and approaches to improve your leadership.
  • Share your own best practices and hear those of 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 seven times across consecutive weeks at different dates and times from March 30 to May 10, 2023. Please review the dates and times carefully. 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 six sessions to get the most value out of this experience.


March 30 – May 10, 2023

  • Session 1: Thursday, March 30, 2023 | 3:00 – 4:00 p.m. ET
  • Session 2: Thursday, April 6, 2023 | 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. ET
  • Session 3: Monday, April 10, 2023 | 3:00 – 4:00 p.m. ET
  • Session 4: Thursday, April 20, 2023 | 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. ET
  • Session 5: Thursday, April 27, 2023 | 3:30 – 4:30 p.m. ET
  • Session 6: Thursday, May 4, 2023 | 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. ET
  • Session 7: Wednesday, May 10, 2023 | 3:00 – 4:00 p.m. ET


During this series of roundtable sessions, you and your fellow attendees will get to 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 the faculty
  • Microaggressions and bullying
Faculty success
  • Effectively supporting junior faculty
  • Mentorship for mid-career faculty
Non-tenure-track faculty
  • Role of adjuncts vs. term faculty
  • How to most effectively support NTT faculty
Shared governance
  • Relationship with faculty senate
  • Working with faculty unions
  • Interpreting academic policies
  • Managing up
Faculty review processes
  • Promotion and tenure
  • Annual review
  • Partnering with unit-level leaders in faculty review processes
Collaboration with internal partners
  • Human Resources
  • Legal counsel
  • Deans
  • Working in decentralized cultures
  • Building effective partnerships
Academic leadership development
  • Effective training and orientation for new Department Chairs
  • Building a pipeline of future Chairs
  • Professional development and growth for faculty affairs leaders


Bratsch-Prince 2021

Dawn Bratsch-Prince

Professor of Spanish and Associate Provost for Faculty Affairs, Iowa State University

In her current role, Dawn leads institutional efforts in building an excellent and diverse faculty through inclusive policy development, faculty mentoring and advancement, and leadership training. She also oversees the Office of Institutional Research, the Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching, and the University Ombuds Office.

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Matthew Kinservik

Professor of English and Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs, University of Delaware

As Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs, Matt provides support and oversight for all phases of faculty life at the University. In order to promote the highest academic standards and inclusive excellence, he advises the Provost on faculty recruitment, promotion, and tenure; assists the colleges in recruitment and mentoring; and oversees the promotion and tenure process.

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