Office of the Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs

Chairs' Workshops

The Office of the Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs developed this program to help department chairs more effectively lead and respond to challenges they confront in their departments and/or units.  Over this academic year, our office will be sponsoring a series of monthly informal dinner 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.  

Please note that seating is limited and you are encouraged to register early to ensure your participation.  Please contact our office at 645-3594 or email Patti Napoli ( for your reservation.

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.

Registration is Required.  All sessions run 12:00am-2:00pm and will be located in 567 Capen Hall

September 18, 2018: The Chair’s Role in Tenure and Promotion

October 16, 2018: Managing Conflict

November 13, 2018: Chair as Diversity Leader: The Role of the Chair in Enhancing Equity and Inclusion

December 11, 2018: Personnel Policies, Compliance and Challenges

February 12, 2019: Understanding Budgets and Managing Your Resources

March 12, 2019: Enhancing Teaching and Promoting Student Success 

April 16, 2019: Enhancing Research Productivity in your Department

May 7, 2019: Understanding Your Climate: Facilitating a High Functioning Climate


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