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Department Chair Leadership Training Program

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On February 4th and 5th Pacific held an active learning leadership training program for new and long term department chairs.  The program was led by Drs. Judith Albino and Marcia Ditmyer from the Academy for Academic Leadership.    During the one and half day program Albino and Ditmyer covered a range of topics including the roles and responsibilities of department chairs, challenges of the transition from faculty to management, self-assessment of leadership behavior, working effectively with conflict, departmental planning and budgeting, and how to give feedback and performance evaluations.  

Attendees commented how much they appreciated the opportunity to come together as group and share experiences and that they learned a great deal from each other.  Comments included: "I like the active components of the program, i.e. the exchange of ideas, which I thought was the most valuable for the new chairs", "I thought the program was useful - especially the part on leadership and conflict resolution" and  "The Leadership Program was extremely valuable.  It provided new ideas, reaffirmed what I have used in practice, and offered tools which can be used to promote effective, coordinated collaboration for members of our respective teams (department members).  I highly recommend it to all of our leadership groups throughout the University.  The time was definitely well spent and at a fraction of the cost for traveling to an off-campus site".  

Based on this and other positive feedback development for ongoing programing is underway. This semester the chair leadership program will continue with topics such as "Overview of Data: what is available and how to access it" on March 26th from 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m., and "Budgeting" on April 21st from 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. These ongoing sessions are open to all department chairs. Please contact Berit Gundersen, Associate Provost for Faculty Affairs with any questions or comments.