The Chronicle Strategic Leadership Program: Department Directors

This comprehensive series of virtual leadership for department heads will begin with strategy workshops to identify common challenges, followed by four roundtables that will focus on: national trends in higher education; Mental Health; the diversity; registration and retention. The series will conclude with implementation workshops to build on the concrete knowledge gained from the events of the previous days to produce individualized development plans for the coming year.

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For department directors

  • Access to two virtual workshops (four hours of interactive coaching)
  • Access to four virtual round tables, as well as on-demand recordings
  • Customized individual development plan
  • The Ministerial Leadership Chronicle Guide, a comprehensive manual of critical data, advice and analysis.
  • A print and digital copy of The Chronicle report, Building student resilience: strategies to support their mental health
  • A digital copy of The Chronicle Trend report

All-access program package for department directors: $ 1,695

Early Bird Rate: Register before November 15 and save $ 200 with the code EARLYBIRD21.
Register now

Do you want to send a group of 10 or more department directors from your establishment? Personalized programming for groups is available from January 18 to 22. Contact [email protected] for more information and reduced rates.

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For aspiring chairs and other professors

  • Access to four virtual round tables, as well as on-demand recordings
  • A digital copy of The ChronicleTrend report
  • A digital copy of Exhausted and Overloaded: How to Support Faculty

All-access round table package: $ 295 ($ 95 per round table)
Register now

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WORKSHOP | Strategic assessment


This two-hour session, moderated by George Justice or Carolyn Dever, will help department managers think strategically about how to be successful in their role, learn from and collaborate with peers, and lay the groundwork. to develop innovative solutions to the most pressing problems facing department presidents.

Who should be present: Department presidents

Monday January 10 | Available times: 10 a.m., 2 p.m. ET
(Implementation workshop on Friday January 14 at the same time)

Tuesday January 11 | Available times: 12 p.m., 4:30 p.m. ET
(Implementation workshop Thursday, January 13 at the same time)

Register for the full program

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ROUND TABLE | National trends in higher education


Even before the pandemic hit, higher education was in the midst of significant changes in its demographics, finances and competitive environment. The Covid-19 has accelerated some of these trends and changed others. Staying informed of this changing environment is essential to understanding your institution’s strategy and making strategic decisions for your department.

Join us for this 75-minute session to discuss key trends in higher education and its economic and political context, moderated by a current department chair.

In this session you will learn:

  • How to cope and adapt to a changing enrollment and budget landscape.
  • Strategies to fairly serve the emerging majority of older students, who are working, have obtained credit elsewhere, or come from minority or low-income backgrounds.
  • What the boom in non-degree credentials means for department heads.
  • How a chair can engage in new developments in program design, teaching and learning, and student support.

Loudspeakers

Who should be present: Department directors and other professors

Wednesday, Jan. 12, 10 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. ET
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ROUND TABLE | Diversify your department


For years, institutions have been committed to diversifying their faculties, but in many institutions change has been slow and efforts have not delivered on their promises. As the diversity of students continues to grow, colleges are under pressure to have faculties that are more like their student bodies. In this 75-minute session, explore the complex business of increasing diversity within the faculty ranks, and how this requires an evaluation and restructuring of the hiring process at your institution.

In this session you will learn:

  • Ways to break down and remove barriers to hiring diverse faculty members.
  • Strategies to ensure that diverse faculty members have the resources and support they need to thrive.
  • How other institutions have progressed in their efforts to increase faculty diversity.

Loudspeakers

Who should be present: Department directors and other professors

Wednesday, Jan. 12, 11:30 a.m.-12:45 p.m. ET
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ROUND TABLE | Mental health for teachers and students


In this era of a pandemic, faculty and staff around the world are struggling to support students experiencing mental health crises. The U.S. Departments of Justice and Education have pleaded with campus leaders to be especially alert to students who show signs of self-harm or suicide, while pandemic and social justice volatility has introduced new challenges. This roundtable will discuss campus responses to this crisis, with a focus on creative solutions for chairs that have proven to be effective.

In this session you will learn:

  • The wider context before the pandemic on the mental health of students and teachers.
  • How to support faculty members in their work with students, especially the most vulnerable populations.
  • Strategies to help faculty members juggle broad and growing work and family responsibilities.

Loudspeakers

Who should be present: Department directors and other professors

Wednesday, Jan. 12, 2 p.m. to 3:15 p.m. ET
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ROUND TABLE | The role of the chair in increasing enrollment and increasing retention

Even before the pandemic, colleges and universities increasingly tasked department heads to increase enrollment and work on retaining students who were already in their institutions. The chairs have always programmed the courses and managed the faculty: what else was there to do? A lot, it turns out. This roundtable will explore how and why department heads should recruit students and put in place systems that help them stay enrolled and on track, and graduate.

In this session you will learn:

  • Strategies to get departments to adopt student-friendly programs and schedules
  • Ways to create a departmental culture and shared practices that promote student success among faculty, staff and students themselves
  • Opportunities to leverage campus resources to help departments care for their communities of students, staff and faculty

Loudspeakers

Who should be present: Department directors and other professors

Wednesday, Jan. 12, 3:30 p.m. – 4:45 p.m. ET
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WORKSHOP | Implementation


The department heads will meet again after the roundtables to build on the knowledge and concrete strategies of the first three days and create an individual development plan, specific to the needs of their school, program and students. These plans will focus the strategic vision on achievable results and provide structure and accountability for the months to come.

Who should be present: Department presidents

Thursday January 13 | Available times: 12 p.m., 4:30 p.m. ET
(For workshop participants on Tuesday)

Friday January 14 | Available times: 10 a.m. ET, 2 p.m. ET
(For participants of the Monday workshop)
Register for the full program

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