Chairs' Workshop Series


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Department Chair Essentials

Tuesday, August 23, 9:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m., UC 326 

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: 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

Friday, September 23. Todd 203

11:15 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Claudine Cellier, Director of Academic Personnel & Communication, will discuss the faculty evaluation timeline, procedures, requirements, exemptions and appeals. She will answer any questions you may have about the evaluation process. [Chairs/staff]

12:00-12:50 p.m. Deans Roberta Evans and Chris Comer will lead a conversation on writing the chairs’ narrative and ranking merits. [Chairs only]


Running effective meetings

Wednesday, September 28, 2:00-3:30 p.m. Todd 204.

Looking for some fresh ideas for running meetings? Hoping to get more accomplished in each session? Join Gordy Pace, Communications Director, IT, to learn more about making meeting more inclusive and effective. Co-hosted with HRS.

Recruiting to the major

Friday, October 7, 2:00-2:50 p.m. UC 329.

Chad Bishop, Director, Wildlife Biology, and Adrea Lawrence, Chair, Teaching and Learning, will discuss ways to communicate with high school students to promote your major. Representatives from Admissions will be joining us to talk about collaborating with their office. The session will provide the opportunity for all attendees to contribute personal experiences with student recruitment and to brainstorm ideas for how UM faculty and staff might increase effectiveness when promoting an academic program. 

Departmental strategies for program assessment

Tuesday, November 1, 1:00-1:50 p.m. UC 329

Join Nathan Lindsay, Associate Provost, and John Matt, Chair, Education Leadership, for a discussion on departmental approaches to program assessment. Bring sample assessments from your program along with questions and concerns as you prepare for the December 15th assessment reporting deadline.