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 how to make this role one’s own. The handbook was written and compiled by colleagues at DU, some of whom are Directors or Chairs while others are members of the faculty. In addition to providing a better understanding of new responsibilities, this handbook will help one learn how a Department Chair can make a difference in an academic program flourishing at the University of Denver.