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Leading Through Change : 2020, Domenick J. Pinto Apr 2020

Leading Through Change : 2020, Domenick J. Pinto

Academic Chairpersons Conference Proceedings

Having served as department chair and school director for 31 years, I have witnessed a tremendous evolution in the role of chair as economic, social and student climates have changed. My session will summarize collected data from chairs of departments of various sizes and types in order to discuss and understand better our ever changing role as we see responsibilities of delegating, leading change, creative budgeting and fundraising, grant writing and managing conflict become vital to our positions


Facilitating Communication With Diverse Teams, Maryjane Lewitt Apr 2020

Facilitating Communication With Diverse Teams, Maryjane Lewitt

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Non- hierarchical communication structures are associated with greater clarity across all levels. These structures can be implemented in a variety of ways under different circumstances. A variety of communication processes should be implemented to improve communication with individualizing the technique to the type of information being communicated.


Talking To A Disgruntled Faculty Member, John R. Hamilton Jr Mar 2019

Talking To A Disgruntled Faculty Member, John R. Hamilton Jr

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Talking with disgruntled department members can be frustrating. This presentation discusses how Crucial Conversations training was used to help faculty and staff learn to communication more effectively with supervisors and peers. Selected techniques will be discussed with workshop participants.


The Dean-Chair Dyad: Developing An Effective Relationship With Your Dean, Craig D. Hlavac Mar 2018

The Dean-Chair Dyad: Developing An Effective Relationship With Your Dean, Craig D. Hlavac

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The department chairperson must effectively relate with their academic dean in order to successfully advocate for their department. Financial resources, human resources, facility prioritization, and curriculum decisions are all contingent on the dean’s approval. However, many chairpersons are unsure how to develop a trusting, collaborative relationship with their dean. This session will outline the distinctive roles of the chairperson and the academic dean and will present strategies for cultivating this important relationship. Ideas for resolving current conflicts as well as avoiding future tension will be discussed. The session will conclude with the review of common dean/chair scenarios for ...


Taking The Lead: Initiating Change As A New Chairperson, Craig D. Hlavac Mar 2017

Taking The Lead: Initiating Change As A New Chairperson, Craig D. Hlavac

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Academic department chairpersons are often asked to lead without management training, prior experience, or formal mentorship. These same chairpersons are frequently faced with initiating change in departments that have operated similarly for years – perhaps decades. What is the first step? What should a new chair do to begin the discussion about change without alienating the faculty? This session will provide participants with practical, research-based strategies for defining the roles of the chair position, building trust within the faculty, and beginning a dialogue focused on meaningful change. Opportunities for small-group discussion as well as scenario-based discourse will be included.


Leading Departments With Contingent And Tenure-Eligible Faculty: Strategies And Solutions, Diana L. Ashe, Matthew L. Tenhuisen, Colleen A. Reilly Mar 2017

Leading Departments With Contingent And Tenure-Eligible Faculty: Strategies And Solutions, Diana L. Ashe, Matthew L. Tenhuisen, Colleen A. Reilly

Academic Chairpersons Conference Proceedings

Leadership and communication strategies for leading departments that include both contingent and tenure-eligible faculty through three case studies, dealing with 1) voting rights and other claims upon resources; 2) a lack of career milestones, making contingent faculty feel “stuck”; and 3) ways to value contributions of contingent faculty.


Understanding & Communicating Business Program Outcomes Through Visualization And Mapping, Kelli Schutte Mar 2016

Understanding & Communicating Business Program Outcomes Through Visualization And Mapping, Kelli Schutte

Academic Chairpersons Conference Proceedings

This session will share the process and outcome of a business program curriculum assessment. The assessment includes conceptual frameworks, curriculum mapping and data visualization to convey results. The process of developing the plan, collecting data and conveying results will be shared.


Making Decisions That Faculty Support: Healthy Systems For Administrative Collaboration, Noel Painter, Thomas Gilmore Masse Mar 2016

Making Decisions That Faculty Support: Healthy Systems For Administrative Collaboration, Noel Painter, Thomas Gilmore Masse

Academic Chairpersons Conference Proceedings

An in-depth examination of the traits that lead to healthy decisions, and the pitfalls that may undermine the decision makers.


Enhancing Communication Through Crucial Conversations® Training: Outcomes And Best-Practices, Dawn E. Bratsch-Prince, Rodney S. Bagley Mar 2016

Enhancing Communication Through Crucial Conversations® Training: Outcomes And Best-Practices, Dawn E. Bratsch-Prince, Rodney S. Bagley

Academic Chairpersons Conference Proceedings

Department chairs and other academic leaders were invited to participate in Crucial Conversations training as part of professional development programming sponsored by the provost’s office. This session will 1) describe the logistics of the program including the Crucial Conversations platform; 2) present cohort data, 3) share assessment data for the program; and 4) identify best practices for on-going communication training.


Joining Forces: Fostering Creativity And Success Across Departments, Mary T. Dzindolet, Stephanie Boss, Jennifer Dennis, Lisa Huffman Mar 2016

Joining Forces: Fostering Creativity And Success Across Departments, Mary T. Dzindolet, Stephanie Boss, Jennifer Dennis, Lisa Huffman

Academic Chairpersons Conference Proceedings

The chairs of a Psychology, Education, and Sports & Exercise Science Department and their dean share how they have been able to apply a model of collaborative creativity (Paulus & Dzindolet, 2008) to promote teamwork and innovation in their departments and in the School.


“Managing A Department, Working With The School Dean And Staying Research Active.”, Valerie J. Watnick Mar 2016

“Managing A Department, Working With The School Dean And Staying Research Active.”, Valerie J. Watnick

Academic Chairpersons Conference Proceedings

This session will consider and discuss the literature regarding academic chairperson/dean management styles, and best department management practices. The session will involve consideration of typical fictional scenarios potentially faced by department chairs and deans and brainstorming to flesh out management strategies that allow time for both a well-managed department and quality research by the department chairperson and other faculty. The program will involve interactive (fictional) fact-based exercises.