Chair Advisory Board


The Chair Advisory Board (CAB) is responsible for setting the agenda and coordinating quarterly meetings for better communication with the Provost and all chairs, directors, and people in similar roles. CAB facilitates peer-learning opportunities for Chairs & Directors through Huddles, Peer-to-Peer Solution Seeking Clinics, and individual consultation. CAB’s works supports the entire “life-cycle” of the chair through onboarding, professional development, off-boarding, and chair transition.

Benefits: Decrease stress and fatigue by equipping Chairs with the tools needed to more effectively balance their workload expectations with their own scholarly goals; to create a network where chairs can share insights with one another and more effectively communicate needs to their Deans and the Provost; establish a feedback loop between departments and the Provost.


Support chairs through entire “life-cycle” by providing onboarding, professional development, off-boarding, and transition; as well as networking clinics. Create a feedback loop between Chairs &Directors (and people in similar roles) and the Provost’s Office.

Scope of Work

  • Create a clinic for collective problem solving for chair like roles
  • Create a Chair Advisory Committee
  • Work on quantifying the work of the Chair to inform a lifecycle approach to chair development

Committee Members

Cindy Cragg

Cindy Cragg

Communication Management, University College

David Corsun

David Corsun

Director & Associate Professor, Fritz Knoebel School of Hospitality Management

Hava Gordon

Hava Gordon

Sociology and Criminology, College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences

Michael Keables

Michael Keables

Geography, College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics


Individual consultations allow chairs and directors a way to have confidential conversations about sensitive matters. If you are a chair or director with an issue that you would like to discuss via private consultation please complete the following form. Please include a brief description of the issue and preferred days/times to meet. Members of CAB are available to meet for consultation by appointment only.

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