Chairs' Workshop Series


Please RSVP at

Department Chair Essentials

Thursday, October 10, 1-3 p.m., UC 330.

What employment laws and federal reporting requirements impact department chairs? What provisions of the staff and faculty collective bargaining agreements must you uphold? Now that you are an agent of the University, what are principles that can guide your decision making and protect you from legal claims?

This session will address how to approach scenarios commonly faced by department chairs and identify campus resources, policies and personnel that are available to support you.

Presenters: Alicia Arant, Director of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action/Title IX Coordinator, Sara Drake, Director of Labor Relations for Human Resource Services, and Phil Condon, Vice President, University Faculty Association.


Effective Strategies for Managing a Department and Mentoring Faculty and Staff

Wednesday, November 6, 3-5 p.m. UC 225

Hear from a panel of current and former department chairs about navigating the complex role of leading your peers and strategies for supporting the career development of faculty and staff.  Provost Harbor will join us at the end of this session to discuss annual goal setting conversations with faculty.


Best Practices for Engaging Donors

Wednesday, December 4, 4-5 p.m. UC 332.

Chris Ritrievi, Vice President of Development at the UM Foundation, will discuss the development process as well as identifying and engaging prospective and current donors to your department, school or college.


Reception for Department Chairs with Provost Harbor

Wednesday, December 4, 5:30-7:00 p.m. Iron Griz

Join us for informal conversation with Provost Harbor and your fellow department chairs.