What Every Academic Chair Needs to Know



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What Every Academic Chair Needs to Know Webcast Recording

Learn to help raise needed funds, develop precise budgets, manage conflicts, and develop and evaluate faculty more effectively.

What Every Academic Chair Needs to Know: Planning and Resource Allocation Webcast Recording

What Every Academic Chair Needs to Know: Faculty Development and Evaluation Webcast Recording

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Join us for this three-part online training series to learn the essentials for serving as an effective department chair. Whether you are a faculty member with a desire to advance your career towards academic administration or you are an experienced academic leader, this series will help you to manage faculty more effectively, develop precise budgets, handle conflict appropriately, and raise needed funds.

Included with your registration is a checklist titled “40 Things Every Department Chair Should Know”—an essential training piece for every institution.

Who Should Attend

This webcast series is designed for both experienced and novice academic leaders, including: chairs, division heads, coordinators or other administrators who are interested in learning more about the following:

  • Strategies for teaming with your advancement office to work with potential donors and to showcase your department and college
  • Steps to develop, manage, and prioritize your department budget
  • Methods for recruiting, hiring, retaining, developing, and evaluating faculty


Advancement and Fundraising

Learning Outcome:  After participating in this webcast, you will be able to apply strategies for teaming with your advancement office to work with potential donors and to showcase your department.

  • Understanding the advancement process
    • Analyzing the academic administrator’s role
    • Cultivating donors and asking for money
  • Identifying the characteristics of a strong advance prospect
    • Understanding and interacting with alumni as potential donors
    • Communicating and reporting on alumni interactions to the advancement shop
  • Teaching the advancement procedure to faculty who act outside the advancement process
  • Identifying the characteristics of compelling concepts, programs, or projects and matching them with donors
    • Positioning your department for corporate and foundation support
    • Using your communications/public relations office effectively

Planning and Resource Allocation

Learning OutcomeAfter participating in this webcast, you will be able to apply fundamental steps for developing, managing, and prioritizing your departmental budget.

  • Evaluating the difference between the planning and budgeting processes
    • Identifying the chair’s role and steps in the budget process
    • Analyzing the importance of involvement
    • Creating project revenue and expenses
    • Identifying different types of budgeting
  • Identifying key factors that impact the budget, both institutionally and departmentally
    • Collaborating with other offices
    • Analyzing budget flexibility
    • Identifying budget management strategies and reports
    • Managing restricted resources (e.g., gifts, grants) versus unrestricted resources (e.g., general funds)
  • Creating transparency and ownership over the budget

Faculty Development and Evaluation

Learning OutcomeAfter participating in this webcast, you will be able to apply methods for recruiting, hiring, retaining, developing, and evaluating faculty.

  • Communicating departmental and institutional standards of excellence
    • Crafting institutional plans, activities, and expectations
  • Recruiting and hiring
    • Full-time/tenure track faculty
    • Part-time and adjunct faculty
  • Setting expectations to effectively manage faculty
    • Teaching workload
    • Professional development
    • Evaluations
    • Retention
    • Merit recommendation and initiating promotion/tenure
    • Recognizing faculty who are performing within or above expectations
  • Managing and collective success
    • Maintaining the vitality of tenured faculty and keeping them motivated
    • Managing unsatisfactory faculty performance
    • Encouraging, motivating, and engaging non-tenured faculty in the scholarship of teaching and learning


Donald Christian, Dean of the College of Business, Concordia University at Austin

Dr. Donald Christian serves as the Dean of the College of Business for Concordia University Texas, a position he has held since the fall of 2005.  During that time, the college has grown from just under 100 students to over 700 students today.  Dr. Christian attributes much of that growth to creative programming and hard work by a dedicated faculty.

Dr. Christian received his Doctor of Management in Organizational Leadership from the University of Phoenix where his research and dissertation focused on the correlation between leadership skills and interagency collaboration among organizations.  His teaching expertise is in the areas of leadership and management, focusing on developing the critical and creative thinking process for his students.  In addition to his work at Concordia, Dr. Christian serves in leadership positions on two community, not-for-profit boards.

Chester Gillis, Professor of Theology and Dean of the College, Georgetown University

Chester was the initial holder of the Amaturo Chair in Catholic Studies and is the founding director of the “Program on the Church and Interreligious Dialogue” in the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs at Georgetown. He has served on the faculty since 1988 and was Chair of the Department of Theology from 2001 to 2006. He holds degrees in Philosophy and Religious Studies from the Catholic University of Louvain in Belgium and earned his Ph.D. from the University of Chicago.

John E. Ryan, Vice Provost and Associate Professor, English, Gettysburg College

Jack Ryan is a graduate of New York University and Case Western Reserve University. He directs the Writing Center and the composition program at Gettysburg College. He is the author of John Sayles, Filmmaker 2ed (2010). He has also published articles in Isle: Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and EnvironmentCreative Screenwriting, and Aethlon: The Journal of Sport Literature. He currently serves as Interim Vice Provost of the College.

Kelly Ward, Department Chair and Professor, Department of Educational Leadership and Counseling Psychology, Washington State University

Kelly Ward was named chair of the Department of Educational Leadership and Counseling Psychology in 2011, after serving as interim chair for a year. While at WSU, she has taught Administration of Higher Education, Critical Issues in Higher Education and Student Affairs, Student Services, Seminar in Higher Education, and College Teaching. She previously taught at Oklahoma State University and worked as an administrator and faculty member at the University of Montana.


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