Best Practices for Identifying and Developing Department Chairs (Webcast Recording)



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Department chairs are the crucial link between upper-level administration and faculty. A strong and effective department chair can significantly enhance academic life for both students and faculty. However, research suggests that many institutions do not recognize the critical importance of identifying and developing talented faculty with the skills needed for this position.

Join us online as we work with you to identify a “bench” of future academic leaders within your unit and to effectively develop their capabilities as a department chair by focusing on the following:

  • Identifying the talents essential to successful department chairs
  • Working with new department chairs to build competence, credibility, and leadership skills
  • Ongoing development, feedback, and support of new department chairs

Who Should Attend

This webcast is designed for deans, associate deans, department chairs, or any other academic leaders involved in the identification and recruitment of future department chairs.

Learning outcome

After participating in this online training, you will be better able to identify and develop talented faculty to assume department chair roles in your academic unit.


We will begin with an overview of the department chair role and desired characteristics of an effective chair. From there we will cover:

  • Talent identification
  • Grooming colleagues for leadership roles
  • Working with new department heads
  • Providing ongoing development and support

We will close by reviewing a case study that focuses on identifying and developing a future department chair.


Jim Weese, Professor and Former Dean, University of Western Ontario

Before assuming his current leadership role at the University of Western Ontario, Jim Weese was the was the Dean of the Faculty of Human Kinetics at the University of Windsor. He has assumed a variety of senior leadership positions throughout his distinguished career.  He is a graduate of The Ohio State University (Ph.D, 1991) and the Harvard University Best Leadership Practices Program (2010). He is recognized as a transformational academic leader and a leading authority in the academic areas of leadership and sport management. Dr. Weese is the co-editor of Management of Recreational Sport in Higher Education and has authored research articles that have appeared in the top journals in his field, including Journal of Sport Management, European Journal for Sport Management,  Journal of Cooperative Education, the International Journal of Physical Education, and Sport Marketing Quarterly.


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