Advancing Chairs as Leaders

Academic leadership is critical for the success of a university. It starts at the departmental/divisional level, the building block of the university, and permeates the schools and colleges, and extends to the Provost’s Office. Consequently, a high level of leadership is necessary starting with chairs/division leaders.

The Office of the Senior Vice Provost (SVP) for Engagement and Academic Outreach and the NSF-funded UNH ADVANCE program are offering, as part of our commitment to supporting faculty development, a four-session institute on building and reinforcing the strategies, skills, and practices of chairs. The ADVANCing Chairs as Leaders will provide interactive sessions on the challenges of leading an academic organization.

For questions, please contact Todd DeMitchell or Karen Graham.


Dates and Workshop Topics:

Friday January 20, 2017, 9:00am-4:00pm
Exploration of Management and Leadership
• Opportunities and Concerns for Chairs and Division Leaders
• Bolman and Deal Four Frame Analysis for Organizational Challenges
• Budgeting

Monday January 23, 2017, 9:00am-1pm
Creating an Inclusive Climate
• Understanding Departmental Climate: Interactive Theatre Scenarios and Discussion with the Power Play Actors
• Review of P&T guidelines

Friday March 31, 2017, Noon-4:00pm
Faculty & Staff—the Core of the Department
• Title VII, Title IX, & FERPA
• Personnel Conflicts
• Faculty and Staff Evaluations and P&T

Wednesday May 9, 2017, 9:00am-4:00pm
Strategic Leadership
• Strategies for Enhancing Departmental Climate - Implicit Bias and Case-Study Analysis
• Departmental Vision, Strategic Initiatives, and the Change Process 



Todd A. DeMitchell
Todd A. DeMitchell, Ed.D.
Faculty Fellow, Engagement and
  Academic Outreach
Co-chair, Advancing Chairs as Leaders
John and H. Irene Peters
Professor of Education 

Karen J. Graham, Ph.D.
Executive Director, UNH ADVANCE
Co-chair, Advancing Chairs as Leaders
Professor, Mathematics and Statistics