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Department chairs help make important hiring and budget decisions and increasingly play a crucial role in innovations around teaching, learning, and technology. Yet, while the department chair is typically the first rung on the ladder to senior leadership in academia, many take on the position without the necessary training or mentorship.

The Chronicle of Higher Education and Ithaka S+R have teamed up to provide a workshop that helps department chairs meet the challenges of their role, whether managing faculty, allocating scarce resources effectively, or introducing innovations to further student learning.

During the workshop, participants will learn from experts with experience leading innovative efforts on campus, engage with their peers from other institutions, and frame strategies for accomplishing their goals.

Through interactive sessions, you will get insights into the changing landscape of higher education and learn how to:

  • Make progress in your role through identifying strengths, areas of focus, and self-improvement
  • Introduce and win buy-in for new initiatives at the department level
  • Navigate challenges and resource management within your department
  • Lead and manage change on your campus

Liz McMillen, executive editor of Chronicle Intelligence, and Martin Kurzweil, director of Ithaka S+R’s Educational Transformation program, will lead the workshop. They will be joined by additional Chronicle editors and faculty and administrators from a wide range of institutions.

Through these experiences, the seminar helps chairs understand emerging higher education policies and practices, develop practical leadership skills, and begin to apply that learning to manage change on their campuses and within their departments.

Dates: August 12 – 13, 2019

Location: The Chronicle of Higher Education, 1255 Twenty-Third St., NW, Washington, D.C. 20037

Cost: $975

Apply: Please submit your application through The Chronicle of Higher Education site.

Agenda: The preliminary agenda for the workshop is now available.

Questions? Please contact kimberly.lutz@ithaka.org.



In 2017 and 2018, Ithaka S+R and the Academy for Innovative Higher Education Leadership held workshops for department chairs

Review the 2018 schedule

Review the 2017 schedule