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. 


2020-21 Arts & Sciences Chairs and Directors Leadership Development Workshop Series

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

September 25: Enhancing an Inclusive Environment in Departments and Programs
Adrienne Davis, Vice Provost and William M. Van Cleve Professor of Law

October 16: Handling Difficult Situations
Karen Sanders, Human Resources

November 13: Budgeting and Data Analytics
Jonathan Cohen, Larry Kuykendall, Meredith Gugger, and Maggie Fiock, Dean’s office

December 11: Fundraising and Advancement
Deborah Stine, Senior Director of Advancement

January 22: Effective Program Direction
Ron Mallon, Philosophy, Neuroscience, and Psychology (PNP) Program; Kathy Flores, Institute of Materials Science and Engineering

February 12: Effective Search Requests and Hiring
John McCarthy, Mathematics; Marie Griffith, Danforth Center for Religion and Politics; Steve Fazzari, Weidenbaum Center

March 12: Planning Faculty Leaves and Departures/Avoiding Legal or Ethical Dilemmas
Jessica Kennedy, Gender Equity & Title IX Compliance Director and Title IX Coordinator; Jonathan Cohen, Dean’s office

April 16: What I Wish I’d Known
Gaetano Antinolfi, Economics; Peter Kastor, History; Liz Childs, Art History and Archaeology

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