Department Chair Workshops


Department Chair Leadership Program Workshop Sries.

The Office of the Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs continues its workshop series to help department chairs more effectively lead and respond to challenges they confront in their departments and/or units.   We look forward to another year of robust and engaging conversations about departmental life at UB.

Over this academic year, our office will be sponsoring a series of monthly lunch meetings to discuss various issues related to academic leadership.  We will address issues related to effective communication, budgets and resources, mentoring and work/life balance, faculty and student diversity, recruitment and hiring, tenure and promotion to name a few.

Chairs' Workshops are:

  • held monthly as 2 hour lunch-time seminars, food and refreshments provided
  • targeted for the second half of each month during the fall and spring semester
  • intended to be interactive and responsive; your feedback and requests drive the conversation and future planning


Workshops for Fall semester will be delivered via Zoom

Please email Patti Napoli ( to register and to receive the Zoom details.

Fall 2020 Workshops

Thursday, October 1, 2020

The Role of the Chair in Tenure, Promotion, and Awards - Thursday, October 1, 2020

The Chair’s Role in Tenure and Promotion

We will review this data as well as the processes involved in preparing dossiers for tenure and promotion.  Case studies will be used to explore how chairs evaluate the performance of a faculty member. Topics will include:

·        Overview of the process and timing

·        Effective dossier preparation

·        Leading departmental reviews

·        Making difficult decisions

·        Concerns regarding promotion to full professor

·        Preparing the Chair’s letter

Thursday, November 5, 2020 - TBA

Thursday, December 3, 2020 - TBA