Browse the contents of 40th Academic Chairpersons Conference:

Emerging Trends in Higher Education
Exploring new and pressing developments in higher education including subjects like campus culture, diversity, new technologies, new interdisciplinary opportunities, impacts of the growth in distance education, economic stresses on the field, changing roles and demands, etc.
Becoming an Effective Servant Leader
Covering general leadership-focused presentations including subjects like work-life balance, career trajectory, managing stress, defining mission and values, effectively pursuing both scholarly and administrative duties, civic engagement, conflict management, building consensus, effective meeting leadership, delegating, etc. Managing internal relationships with those you manage and who manage you, handling difficult people, maneuvering the university bureaucracy, working with adjuncts to tenured professors, negotiating for resources, etc.
Operating the Department
Exploring the practical roles and goals of the department head, including subjects like fundraising and grant writing, faculty searches and interviewing, faculty performance and review, strategic planning, curricular development and quality, navigating accreditation, legal issues, retention, external partnerships, etc.
Evaluation and Assessment
This track includes interactive presentations and discussion focused around the following topics: developing a culture of accountability; documenting curricular and instructional effectiveness; issues of accreditation; collaboration with institutional assessment expectations; data management technology; the art of assessment practices; data analysis and presentation; assessing distance learning; and strategic planning.
Enrollment/Budget Management
Exploring how departments have responded to declining enrollments and the long term budget impact of the pandemic on, already challenged, budgets.
Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
Fostering a departmental climate that is welcoming and supportive, has intentional mentoring and faculty/staff engagement opportunities, and that makes a positive impact on retention and opportunities for success and career advancement.