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The Chronicle’s Strategic-Leadership Program for Department Chairs

June 2024

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The Chronicle’s Strategic-Leadership Program for Department Chairs

As a bridge between administration and faculty, department chairs have one of the toughest jobs on campus. We’ve partnered with experienced academic leaders at Dever Justice LLC and leading research experts at Ithaka S+R to design a program that will help guide new and experienced chairs through the challenges and transformative opportunities of their role.

We’ve restructured this critical series to improve the participant experience through greater scheduling flexibility and a more dynamic program format. This program offers multiple modes of learning, including large-format seminars, small-group collaborative workshops, and written development exercises. The seminars on broader higher-ed context and practical applications of leadership skills will empower chairs with the tools needed to create meaningful change. Interactive workshops will guide chairs through the process of creating personal and departmental goals and making progress toward their initiatives.

For questions about registration, please reach out to workshops@chronicle.com.

Program Packages

All-Access Products

All-Access Package

For Current and Incoming Department Chairs

This package includes:
  • Two 2-hour small-group workshops
  • Four 1-hour seminars plus post-event recordings
  • The Chronicle’s Guide to Departmental Leadership, a manual of critical data, advice, and analysis
  • The Chronicle’s Building a Faculty That Flourishes
  • The Chronicle’s Toolbox for Department Chairs
  • The Chronicle’s Trends Report
  • Individual Development Plan
$1,495 with early-bird code CHAIR24
Seminar Bundle Products

Seminar Bundle

For Aspiring Chairs and Other Faculty

This package includes:
  • Four 1-hour live seminars plus post-event recordings
  • The Chronicle’s Trends Report
  • The Chronicle’s Toolbox for Administrators
$495

Program Leaders

Carolyn Dever
Founder and Principal
Dever Justice LLC
George Justice
Founder and Principal
Dever Justice LLC
Martin Kurzweil
Vice President, Educational Transformation
Ithaka S+R
Liz McMillen
Executive Editor, Chronicle Intelligence
The Chronicle of Higher Education

Agenda

Program Overview

All-Access Program Overview



This program has been designed to provide chairs with access to conversations on the broader higher-ed landscape in which their institutions are operating, as well as actionable skills they can use to better lead their departments. Our live content elements include both workshops and seminars.
  • Seminars are live, 60-minute Zoom Webinar events that will include all registrants within the All-Access program and seminar bundles. These events will be recorded and distributed to registrants upon their conclusion.
  • Workshops are live, two-hour Zoom Meeting events that will include only a small group of All-Access participants, and are highly interactive in nature. Due to the interactive nature of these events, they will not be recorded for post-event distribution.

All-Access Program Format



Our program will take place over four learning modules. These modules will include:

  • Contexts: This module is comprised of two seminars that will provide chairs with broader context on the higher-ed landscape.
  • Foundations: This module is comprised of an interactive workshop to develop departmental goals based on the knowledge gained on broader higher-ed trends.
  • Application: This module is comprised of two seminars that will illuminate the leadership skills needed to navigate difficult situations and encourage a positive departmental culture.
  • Synthesis: This module is comprised of one interactive workshop and two optional office hour sessions that will guide chairs through creating implementation plans for their goals.

Program Pricing


  • All-Access Package Early-Bird Rate, through April 26: $1,495 with code CHAIR24
  • All-Access Package Standard Rate, after April 26: $1,795
  • Seminar Bundle Rate: $495
  • Individual Seminar Rate: $150
Specialized pricing is available for groups of 10 or more. Reach out to workshops@chronicle.com for group inquiries.
Seminar
National Trends in Higher Education

Contexts Seminar



Over the past few years, the higher-ed landscape has faced rapid change and persistent turbulence—but also has great opportunities for growth and dynamic change. Staying informed about this shifting environment is critical to understanding your institution’s strategy, and to making strategic decisions for your department.

Join us for this 60-minute session to discuss key trends in higher education and its economic and policy context.

In this session, you will learn:
  • How to address and adapt to a shifting enrollment and budgetary landscape.
  • Strategies for equitably serving the emerging majority of students who are older, working, have earned credits elsewhere, or are from minority or lower-income backgrounds.
  • What the boom in non-degree credentials means for department chairs.
  • How a chair can engage with new developments in curriculum design, teaching and learning, and student supports.
Seminar
Understanding the Higher Ed Business Model

Contexts Seminar



As colleges explore different strategies to achieve a sustainable future, it’s essential for chairs to understand their institution’s financial context.

What is a discount rate? Where does most of a college’s revenue come from? What is its greatest expense? For many faculty members, the financial realities of their campus – and the sustainability of its operations -- are not often on their radar. And for chairs, understanding the mounting financial pressures facing campuses, whether falling enrollment, decreased public funding, and constraints on tuition increases, is increasingly important.


Join this session to learn:
  • The financial fundamentals of different kinds of institutions
  • How external pressures are reshaping colleges’ finances
  • The most common financial strategies colleges pursue and how they affect academic departments
Robert Kelchen
Robert Kelchen
Panelist
Professor and Department Head, Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Liz McMillen
Moderator
Executive Editor, Chronicle Intelligence
Workshop
Foundations Workshop
Multiple time and date options
This two-hour session, facilitated by Dever Justice LLC, will help department chairs think strategically about how to succeed in their role, learn from and collaborate with their peers, and lay the groundwork for developing innovative solutions for the pressing challenges and competing demands of the role.

Time Options:

Participants can select from the following dates and times:

  • Tuesday, June 4
    • 9 a.m. ET
    • 12 p.m. ET
    • 3 p.m. ET
  • Wednesday, June 5
    • 9 a.m. ET
    • 12 p.m. ET
    • 3 p.m. ET
  • Thursday, June 6
    • 12 p.m. ET
Seminar
Managing Conflict

Application Seminar



When asked about their top one or two challenges, department chairs consistently mention managing conflict. Whether it’s working with difficult colleagues or managing the incompatible worldviews of faculty and deans, chairs are often required to advance sensitive conversations with diplomacy and tact. What are the most effective strategies for handling those situations when they arise? And how can chairs reduce the stress they experience from challenging encounters?
Seminar
Creating a Culture of Belonging in your Department

Application Seminar



Department chairs play a pivotal role in the creation of diverse, equitable, and inclusive cultures in their units. In this 60-minute session, explore best culture-building practices that apply to the full range of a chair’s stakeholders: faculty, students, and staff. How can a chair create meaningful change that’s also sustainable? How can a chair create positive relationships with colleagues? In what ways can a chair be an agent of diversity, equity, and inclusion in their department?
Workshop
Synthesis Workshop
Multiple time and date options
Department chairs will reconvene after the first week of programming to apply the concrete knowledge and strategies they’ve learned to an individual development plan. This plan will focus on an identified challenge and help participants overcome their obstacles and create achievable go-forward plans.

Time Options:


Participants can select from the following dates and times:

  • Monday, June 10
    • 9 a.m. ET
    • 12 p.m. ET
    • 3 p.m. ET
  • Tuesday, June 11
    • 9 a.m. ET
    • 12 p.m. ET
    • 3 p.m. ET
  • Wednesday, June 12
    • 12 p.m. ET

There will be two optional office-hours sessions, held on Thursday June 13 and Friday June 14.
Testimonials
Thank you for your ingenuity in creating [these] training sessions for Department Chairs. I applied for them because they appeared to offer something others did not. Your sessions were not simply how to do the 'mundane' things of being Chair, but more open and inviting on navigating the challenges of being chairs, which I feel most of us need.
Gertrude Tinker Sachs, Georgia State University
This training and the resources are critically needed for new chairs especially - to help us not make early mistakes that add difficulty to the role. Wish I knew of this training before my first year in this role. The knowledge is invaluable!
Merlyn Griffiths, University of North Carolina
Just had a meeting with my department and by the end of the meeting they initiated the very goal and action plan I wanted them to. I felt like a Department Chair Ninja!
Marianne Miserandino, Arcadia University