Department Chair Professional Development Workshop Series

The Department Chair Workshop Series focuses on relevant topics of interest to those serving as department chairs. These sessions aim to provide department chairs with valuable information and useful resources to assist them in their work as managers and academic leaders of their departments. We ultimately seek to provide chairs with the opportunity to build a network of resources and contacts within the university for ongoing information sharing, problem solving and support.

Workshops address topics related to personnel policies and procedures, conflict management, federal policy, faculty advancement, financial management and student affairs. Workshops are led by faculty, staff and administrators with demonstrated expertise in the session topic. Presentation materials and handouts may be distributed during the sessions. These materials will also be posted on our website.

Refreshments will be provided. All department chairs are strongly encouraged to attend. Your associate and assistant chairs are also very welcome to attend.

For more information, to submit questions, or to suggest a future workshop topic contact:


Evaluating Teaching Effectiveness: Best Practices and Resources for Chairs
Monday, August 27, 2018, 9:00-10:30am, Campanile Room, MU

Presenter: Sara Marcketti, Director, Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching (CELT)

Setting Up Our New Faculty for Success
Thursday, September 6, 2018, 9:30-11:00am, Gallery Room, MU

Panelists: Steve Mickelson, Chair, Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering; Ingrid Lilligren, Chair, Art and Visual Culture; William Jenks, Chair, Chemistry
Moderator: Dawn Bratsch-Prince, Associate Provost for Faculty

Handling Difficult Situations in the Department
Wednesday, October 31, 2018, 2:00-4:00pm, Pioneer Room, MU

Panelists: Heimir Geirsson, Chair, Philosophy and Religious Studies; Jackie Rees Ulmer, Associate Dean, College of Business; Andrea Little, Manager, University Human Resources
Moderator: Dawn Bratsch-Prince, Associate Provost for Faculty

Retaining our Faculty of Color: How Chairs Can Create a Supportive Climate for All
Wednesday, November 14, 2018, 2:00-3:30pm, Gallery Room, MU

Presenters: Reginald Stewart, Vice President for Diversity and Inclusion; Jose Rosa, Professor, Marketing, and Faculty Fellow for Diversity and Inclusion

Implementing ISU's New Term Faculty Career Tracks
Thursday, December 6, 2018, 2:00-4:00pm, Pioneer Room, MU

Presenter: Dawn Bratsch-Prince, Associate Provost for Faculty

Understanding the Complexities of ISU’s Institutional Budget
Wednesday, January 30, 2019, 9:00-11:00am, Gallery Room, MU

Presenters: Pam Cain, Interim Senior Vice President, Division of Finance and Interim Senior Vice President for University Services; panel of deans

What is Workplace Bullying? Policies, Practices and What Chairs Need to Know
Friday, February 8, 2019, 2:00-4:00pm, Pioneer Room, MU
Presenters: Brett Sponseller, Associate Professor, Veterinary Microbiology and Preventive Medicine and Chair, Faculty Senate Governance Council; Heather Smith, Associate Counsel; Deanna Clingan-Fischer, University Ombuds Officer

Work Day @ ISU: Setting Departments Up for Success
Wednesday, March 13, 2019, 9:00-11:00am, Gallery Room, MU

Presenter: Kristen Constant, Interim Vice President, Information Technology (Chief Information Officer)

Models of Departmental Governance at ISU:  What Works? What Doesn't?
Monday, April 8, 2019, 2:00-4:00pm, Pioneer Room, MU

Panelists: Panel of Department Chairs; Faculty Senate Leaders
Moderator:  Dawn Bratsch-Prince, Associate Provost for Faculty

Faculty Advancement and Review: FY19 Outcomes and Discussion
Wednesday, May 1, 2019, 9:30-11:00am, Campanile Room, MU

Presenters: Jonathan Wickert, Senior Vice President and Provost; and Dawn Bratsch-Prince, Associate Provost for Faculty             

Past Department Chair Workshop Series