Chair Development & Training

Overview

Often the scope, role, and responsibilities of the chair, and what is or should be legitimately outside of the purview ofthe chair, are not entirely clear. Some see the chair as a manager, as the first line of administrative leadership,and/or as a collaborative leader. Even within the same department, faculty may have different ideas of what power a chair can and should assume.
There are three general principles of effective leadership:

  • Transparency: Making all kinds of information available and easy to find;
  • Uniformity: Leveling the field and dealing equitably with all faculty;
  • Assistance: Attending to the needs of faculty by offering mentoring and other types of help.

The presence of an open, transparent, and credible process and a chair who sees it as their primary responsibility to safeguard the integrity of the process is a necessary condition of a collaborative departmental climate—one which both requires and generates faculty commitment and belonging. Given their vital role, chair training is essential.

Goal

To better equip incoming chairs and like roles with a range of topics including deliberative decision-making and workplace conflict.

Scope of Work

  • Develop and implement a university-wide orientation for new chairs
  • Create a university-level handbook

Committee Members

Andrea Stanton

Andrea Stanton

Religious Studies, College of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences

Erin Willer

Erin Willer

Communication Studies, College of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences

Hava Gordon

Hava Gordon

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

Keith Ward

Keith Ward

Lamont School of Music, College of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences

Lorenzo Patelli

Lorenzo Patelli

Institute for Enterprise Ethics, Daniels College of Business

Michelle Knowles

Michelle Knowles

Chemistry & Biochemistry, College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics

Rashida Banerjee

Rashida Banerjee

Teaching & Learning Sciences, Morgridge College of Education

Sandra Eaton

Sandra Eaton

Chemistry & Biochemistry, College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics

Contact the Committee

December, 2020Chair Development & Training

Gathering for New Chairs and Directors

Chair Development Team gathering for the new chairs and directors

On Friday December 4th, the Chair Development Team held a gathering for the new chairs and directors. This was an informal gathering where we discussed our greatest challenges, biggest surprises,..Read More

August, 2020Chair Development & Training

Orientation Discussion Sessions

CDG new chair orientation sessions

In August, two orientation discussion sessions are to be held on Zoom. The first session — “Chairing in Crisis” —  is for all chairs. The second session (August 27, 11am)..Read More

May 19, 2020Chair Development & Training

Chair Handbook published online

This goal of the Chair Handbook is to help DU faculty at the start of their new roles as Department Chairs. It offers practical advice and guidance, and ideas on..Read More

May 19, 2020Chair Development & Training

“After the Adrenaline Rush: Chairing Through Prolonged Crisis” published at insidehighered.com

Rashida Banerjee, Hava Gordon, Andrea Stanton and Keith Ward advise how department chairs can translate this spring’s emergency responses into leadership approaches for a crisis that could last well into..Read More

Spring 2020Chair Development & Training
Feb 2020Chair Development & Training

Working Group undertakes review of existing resources & develops outline for Chair Handbook

Handbook will include: Part I: Why Are You A Department Chair? Moving Beyond Rotation. Part II: The Pragmatics of Being a Chair Part II: Being a Chair at DU

Nov 2019Chair Development & Training