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:
ALL SESSIONS RUN 12:00PM-2:00PM
Workshops for Fall 2020 and Spring 2021 semester will be delivered via Zoom
Please email Patti Napoli (email@example.com) to register and to receive the Zoom details.
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
UB Department Chair Leadership Program
Date: Thursday, November 5, 2020
Time: 12:00pm – 2:00pm
Location: VIA Zoom Please register in advance Register Here (After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.)
Topic: Understanding Budgets and Managing Your Resources
Speakers: Beth Corry, Associate Vice President & Controller, Business Services
Thomas Okon, Assistant Vice President, Business Reporting and Systems
Joseph Lewandowski, Director, Resource Planning
This session is presented by members of the Division of Finance and Administration and will “unpack” the university budget process, untangle the various funding sources and uses, discuss higher education finance and demonstrate the SIRI Department Chairs Dashboard.
An overview of the following will be presented:
There will be an opportunity to ask specific questions and discuss other relevant topics.
This workshop will be presented by Dr. Graham Hammill, Vice Provost for Academic Affairs
While the coronavirus pandemic has created challenges for maintaining academic continuity, it is an overlay to long-standing challenges in undergraduate student persistence to graduation. As a university community, we have committed to working together to evaluate our educational experiences and outcomes, along with institutional and financial obstacles, to improve student success. These efforts benefit us all by creating a university culture that encourages students to return to UB year after year, ultimately preparing them to successfully enter a workforce where the need for a college degree is stronger than ever.
A critical measure of student success is the retention of undergraduate students from the first to the second year. This measure is a strong indicator of our support systems, campus climate and ability to deliver a high-quality education that meets students’ needs. Student persistence from the first to second year can impact student self-image and lifelong success, along with student and family financials.
UB has set a goal of achieving a 91% first-to-second-year retention rate by 2022 and a 93% rate by 2025. Only through the efforts of every academic and administrative unit on campus can we achieve this ambitious goal.
Promoting a culture that celebrates faculty excellence is essential. Nominating faculty for campus, system-wide, disciplinary, national, and international awards in research, teaching, and service helps raise the profile of the faculty and of our academic programs. In this workshop, data from UB as well as case studies collected from other universities will be presented. In addition, we will also hear from campus leaders on what is being done to position faculty to compete for prestigious awards and how to put together compelling nominations.
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Effective mentorship is unquestionably one of the most valuable resources in building a highly functional and successful department. UB’s Mentoring Policy states that all schools and departments shall provide faculty mentoring opportunities for all tenure-track and clinical/research/adjunct faculty and tenured associate professors for the first five years after tenure is granted. Mentoring for associate professors beyond five years and full professors is optional but highly encouraged. Yet, building an effective mentoring culture within departments can sometimes be challenging. In this session, we will review data collected by the Office of the Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs and explore the following topics:
· UB’s current Mentoring Policy
· Challenges to faculty mentoring within departments
· Best practices associated with faculty mentoring
· Mentoring faculty through their career
Conducting difficult conversations is an inevitable feature of department leadership. In this session, participants will be introduced to an inventory of conflict styles and explore strategies for effective communication and conflict resolution. An interactive group exercise will be conducted to help demonstrate processes for promoting trust and managing conflict.
· Effective communication strategies
· Building trust and rapport
· Evaluating conflict
· Resolving conflict
This session will review the departmental climate data and explore opportunities and challenges to enhancing department performance. Additionally, participants will review UB data pertaining to faculty mentoring and explore methods to get the most out of faculty mentoring practices.
· Best practices in faculty mentoring
· Implementing and assessing faculty mentoring
· Engaging the faculty in mentoring
· Explore aspects of highly functioning department