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From Without And Within: Challenges Of Assuming Leadership, Melody Loya, Sue Joiner Apr 2020

From Without And Within: Challenges Of Assuming Leadership, Melody Loya, Sue Joiner

Academic Chairpersons Conference Proceedings

This presentation shares experiences in leadership at a regional university (from two perspectives, promoting from within and without) and discusses how the presenters built support systems to navigate changes. In a highly interactive format, participants will help guide the direction of the workshop.


From Surviving To Thriving: Top Tips For Newer Chairs, Ethan Krase, Gian Pagnucci Mar 2018

From Surviving To Thriving: Top Tips For Newer Chairs, Ethan Krase, Gian Pagnucci

Academic Chairpersons Conference Proceedings

This session shares concrete strategies for helping department chairs navigate common problems more effectively and efficiently. With attention to managing email, handling complaints, constructing schedules, building relationships, and working with upper administration, the presenters offer practical tips to help newer chairs succeed.


Developing A New Department Culture: When Programs Merge, William Hoon, Aimee Shouse Mar 2017

Developing A New Department Culture: When Programs Merge, William Hoon, Aimee Shouse

Academic Chairpersons Conference Proceedings

This presentation will discuss some best practices that help transitioning cultures in merged or merging academic departments.


The Four Quadrants Of Administrative Effectiveness, Rob Jenkins Mar 2017

The Four Quadrants Of Administrative Effectiveness, Rob Jenkins

Academic Chairpersons Conference Proceedings

Administrative effectiveness can be charted on X and Y axes, with X representing responsibility and Y representing control. The best administrators tend to fall in the “High Responsibility / Low Control” quadrant. The session includes an assessment that allows administrators to chart themselves and see which quadrant they typically inhabit.


Leveraging Technology For The Recruitment Of Students And Faculty, William Hoon, Christopher Hirschler Mar 2017

Leveraging Technology For The Recruitment Of Students And Faculty, William Hoon, Christopher Hirschler

Academic Chairpersons Conference Proceedings

This presentation will discuss some best practices in using the latest technology to assist in student and faculty recruitment in two distinct departments at two universities.


New Chair Alliance, Katherine Frank, Dan Wheeler Mar 2017

New Chair Alliance, Katherine Frank, Dan Wheeler

Academic Chairpersons Conference Proceedings

Those who will soon transition into a chair position or who have been a chair for two years or less will find this workshop particularly valuable. Topics covered include transitioning to new roles and responsibilities, annual planning, everyday management, strategic planning for the future, personal development, and finding satisfaction in being a chair and making a difference. Participants will gain practical tips and tools to improve effectiveness, become familiar with essential resources, learn how to identify an administrative mentor, as well as connect and network with others at a similar career stage.


Desperate Times? Recruiting Students For Your Department, William Hoon Mar 2016

Desperate Times? Recruiting Students For Your Department, William Hoon

Academic Chairpersons Conference Proceedings

This presentation will review how one department at a regional Midwest university has dealt with the pressure of recruiting students. While the number of high school students in our state has declined, our department numbers has remained steady. Initiatives and best practices on how to attract and communicate with prospective students will be discussed.


“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.


Thriving In A Changing Academic Landscape: Moving At The Speed Of Light, Brenda Sims, Christy Crutsinger Mar 2016

Thriving In A Changing Academic Landscape: Moving At The Speed Of Light, Brenda Sims, Christy Crutsinger

Academic Chairpersons Conference Proceedings

Academic leaders are facing pressure to change how they deliver education. To respond, universities are increasingly charged with setting up educational programs that challenge the traditional notion of delivering classes. Using a case study approach, this session highlights how one university built a collaborative industry hub , developed interdisciplinary programs, and gained departmental and faculty buy-in in a sixth month window. Strategies for remaining nimble and transforming the ivory tower will discussed.


Mentoring, Managing, And Motivating Online Course Instructors: Emerging Chair Responsibilities, Mary B. Schreiner Ph.D., Scott Ballantyne Ed.D., Karen Thacker Ph.D. Mar 2016

Mentoring, Managing, And Motivating Online Course Instructors: Emerging Chair Responsibilities, Mary B. Schreiner Ph.D., Scott Ballantyne Ed.D., Karen Thacker Ph.D.

Academic Chairpersons Conference Proceedings

The number of online university courses continues to grow, and instructors of these courses need unique kinds of involvement with their department chairs. The presentation outlines best practices department chairs can use to mentor, manage and motivate online course instructors, based on both experience and emerging literature in this field.


Departments In Crisis: What To Do When The Department Is Threatened, Craig D. Hlavac Mar 2016

Departments In Crisis: What To Do When The Department Is Threatened, Craig D. Hlavac

Academic Chairpersons Conference Proceedings

Falling enrollments coupled with scarce resources have forced many institutions to urgently cut costs. While reducing discretionary spending may solve short-term financial shortfalls, institutions are more frequently considering academic reorganization or program elimination. Managing these situations as chairperson is not only challenging, but extremely stressful. This session will provide participants with practical, research-based advice for dealing with several exigent department-level situations. Crisis leadership, enrollment management, recruitment, program development, and discovering new revenue streams will be discussed.


Leading From The Middle: Managing Your Dean...And Others, Dr. Walter H. Gmelch Mar 2015

Leading From The Middle: Managing Your Dean...And Others, Dr. Walter H. Gmelch

Academic Chairpersons Conference Proceedings

Department chairs find themselves caught in the middle, swiveling between faculty and administration. Sometimes they don’t know which way to turn — in essence, caught in the godlike role of Janus, a Roman god with two faces looking in two directions at the same time. While chairs don’t have to worry about being deified, they must learn to swivel without appearing dizzy, schizophrenic or “two-faced.” They hold the most unique management position in the country — and the most important role in the university. Walter H. Gmelch has served as chair of three different departments and dean at three universities ...


Building Credibility And Consensus As Newly-Tenured Or Junior Faculty Chairs, Carmen T. Skaggs, Jennifer Eimers Mar 2015

Building Credibility And Consensus As Newly-Tenured Or Junior Faculty Chairs, Carmen T. Skaggs, Jennifer Eimers

Academic Chairpersons Conference Proceedings

Participants will explore the challenges that newly-tenured or junior faculty department chairs may face. Representing a small, private college and a regional comprehensive university, our panelists will offer recommendations for building credibility and consensus within the department even when there may be a gap of age and/or experience between the chair and faculty.


The Challenges Of Being Chair In 2015: A 28 Year Perspective, Domenick J. Pinto Mar 2015

The Challenges Of Being Chair In 2015: A 28 Year Perspective, Domenick J. Pinto

Academic Chairpersons Conference Proceedings

For 28 years as chair, I have witnessed the evolution of the role of chairperson as entrepreneurial skills, conflict resolution and time management have become increasingly vital to the success of the chair. My session will summarize the challenges that chairs must now face and overcome in 2015. The session will help relatively new and new chairs face scenarios and how to problem solve them.