Department Chair Workshop


Application:  Available until May 15, 2024

This workshop is intended for faculty in the first three years of their chairperson appointment.

We are limited in the number of participants we can invite to attend these events.  We limit each event to a maximum of 25 participants.  A second event for 2024 could be added if there is sufficient interest.

Faculty anticipating a chairperson appointment may be considered on a case-by-case basis (contact Dr. Wasiu Lawal, workshop organizer, with any questions or if you're interested in becoming a facilitator).

(What I liked best  was...) hearing that our department is not the only department that has these challenges.

Registration & Travel

Registration cost: $900 includes lodging, meals, and workshop materials.
Registration: Available Spring 2024.


Preferred airport: Ronald Reagan National (DCA) is a short Metro or car ride away. 

Topics Covered & Resources

  • Managing the Department:  Running an Effective Faculty Meeting
  • Managing Conflict: Case Studies & Role Playing
  • Conducting an Equitable Faculty Search
  • Strategic Planning & Program Assessment
  • Managing Yourself and Avoiding Burnout
Dark haired man standing in front of a screen presenting information on planning an effective department meeting
Dr. Greg Caputo, Rowan University, discusses strategies for conducting effective department meetings. Department Chair Workshop, 2023
Participants in the 2023 Department Chair workshop standing in front of a building.
Inaugural cohort of participants in the Department Chair Workshop. Held in Washington, D.C. Summer 2023
Man wearing glasses standing in front of a screen, discussing A scaffolded, anonymized faculty search process with participants sitting at tables.
Dr. Isaiah Sumner, James Madison University, discusses a scaffolded, anonymized faculty search process as part of the Department Chair Workshop.
A group of five workshop participants sitting at a table discussing their goals and challenges as new department chairs.
The workshop starts with a discussion of challenges and goals of new department chairs.