Resources for Chairs and Directors

"Being chair of a department is hard work." - from "Twelve tips for department chairs" by Henry L. Roediger, III, the James S. McDonnell Distinguished Professor

Chairs and directors provide essential leadership and service to their colleagues, students, and all of Arts & Sciences. It is a complex role that is frequently as challenging as it is rewarding. This page is a guide to the resources and avenues for further training and support that we hope will help you succeed and flourish in your position. 


2021-22 Arts & Sciences Chairs and Directors Leadership Development Workshop Series

All workshops take place 11 AM ‐ 12:30 PM on Zoom. 

Fall Semester

September 24, 2021: Review Processes: Annual, Third Year, Promotion & Tenure

Deanna Barch, Professor and Chair, Psychological and Brain Sciences;  Liz Childs, Professor and Chair, Art History and Archaeology; and Andrew Brown, Vice Dean for Faculty Affairs

October 22, 2021: Retaining Faculty of Color

David Cunningham, Professor and Chair of Sociology, and Feng Sheng Hu, Dean of Faculty

November 12, 2021: Budgeting and Data Analytics

Jonathan Cohen, Larry Kuykendall, and Meredith Gugger, Dean’s office

December 10, 2021: Planning Faculty Leaves and Departures/Avoiding Legal or Ethical Dilemmas

Jessica Kennedy and Jonathan Cohen, Dean’s office


Spring Semester

January 28, 2022: Cultivating Leadership in Your Department

Andrew Brown, Vice Dean for Faculty Affairs, Professor of Romance Languages and Literatures; Deanna Barch, Professor of Psychological and Brain Science; and Bill Tolman, Vice Dean for Research, Professor of Chemistry

February 11, 2022: Effective Search Requests and Hiring

Vince Sherry, Professor and Chair of English; David Cunningham, Professor of Sociology; and Denise Head, Professor of Psychological and Brain Sciences

March 11, 2022: Fundraising and Advancement

Deborah Stine, Senior Director of Advancement, and Peter Kastor, Professor of History

April 15, 2022: Enhancing an Inclusive Environment in Departments and Programs

Kia Caldwell, Vice Provost for Faculty Development and Diversity, and Adia Harvey Wingfield, Vice Dean for Faculty Development and Diversity


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