Chairs' Workshop Series


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Department chair essentials

Tuesday, August 25, 2015, 1:00-3:30 p.m. UC 326/7

What employment laws and CBA provisions impact department chairs? What are helpful strategies for meeting your responsibilities as a supervisor? This session will address how to approach scenarios commonly faced by department chairs and identify campus resources and personnel that are available to support you.

Presenters: Lucy France, University Legal Counsel, Jessica Weltman, Director of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action/Title IX Coordinator, Sara Drake, Director of Labor Relations for Human Resource Services, and John Bardsley, Grievance Officer, University Faculty Association.

Faculty evaluation

Thursday, September 17, 12:00-2:00. Todd 203

12:00-1:00 Claudine Cellier, Director of Academic Personnel & Assistant to the Provost, will discuss the faculty evaluation timeline, procedures, requirements, exemptions and appeals. She will answer any questions you may have about the evaluation process.  

1:00-2:00 Deans Roberta Evans and Chris Comer will lead a conversation on writing the chairs’ narrative and ranking merits.

Leadership at all levels

Wednesday, September 23, 2:10-4:00 p.m. UC 331-332

Building on Joseph Raelin’s concept of the “leaderful community,” this session examines practices that foster leadership at all levels of an organization. Innovation, idea generation and the ability for an organization to embrace change are among the attributes of a leaderful community. Join Matt Riley, UM’s Chief Information Officer, to discuss how we can all move UM in this direction. Co-hosted with HRS.

Managing department budgets

Wednesday, October 28, 1:10-2:00 p.m. UC 331

Beckie Christiaens, Associate Vice President, Administration and Finance, and Dawn Ressel, Associate Vice President, Planning, Budget & Analysis, will share insights on how funding allocations impact the University, sectors and individual departments, offer strategies for managing department budgets, and answer your financial questions.