Resources for New Department Chairs and School Directors

 

 

 

Leadership Institute 

As a part of extended orientation opportunities, all academic administrators will be invited to attend Leadership Institute sessions throughout the year.  New chairs and school directors are required to attend all of these events within the first two years of their appointment:
 

Fall 2017

Spring 2018

MSU Budget 

Friday, September 22
9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
Main Library, Green Room

Faculty Performance Reviews

Friday, January 19
9:00 a.m.-10:30 a.m.
Main Library, Green Room

Retention, Hiring and Spousal Hires

Thursday, October 26
3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Main Library, Green Room

Discipline, RVSM and Sexual Harassment

Thursday, February 22
3:00 p.m.-4:30 p.m.
Main Library, Green Room

Leading Change

Friday, November 17
9:00 a.m.-10:30 a.m.
Main Library, Green Room

Difficult Conversations*   

Thursday, March 22
3:00 p.m.-4:30 p.m.
443 Administration Building
*changed from March 23

 
Register for these events at:  https://msu.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_0rLPCaaiqvePG05
 
In addition to the Leadership Institute, we will also be offering sessions for only the new chairs and school directors who are within the first two years of their appointment:

Fall 2017

Spring 2018

Reappointment, Promotion and Tenure

Friday, October 6
9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
443 Administration Building

Time/Email Management

Tuesday, February 6
9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
443 Administration Building

Transitioning from Faculty to Administrator

Thursday, Nov. 30
3:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Administration Building, 4th Floor Board Room

Informal Conversation with Provost Youatt

Monday, April 9
9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
443 Administration Bulding

 
New chairs and school directors, please register for these events at: https://msu.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_3UEA4ObLomnDmdv
 

General Resources

 

Resources from the Association of Departments of Foreign Languages 

A Dialogue on the Departmental Ship: How Possibly to Steer
James F. Jones, Jr. offers advice for a new department chair from the perspective of a retiring chair--advice he wishes had been provided to him as he took on a new administrator role.
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Dealing with the Dean
Michael S. Pincus describes strategies for communicating effectively and productively with a chair or director's supervisor: the dean of a college. 
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The Supportive Chair
Ronald C. Rosbottom states that a department chair needs support from superiors and from departmental colleagues to function well. He offers advice on how to provide moral support and collegiality.
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The First Year in Office: Strategies and Tactics for Success
Elvira Garcia outlines goals and strategies to set forth in one's first year as an academic administrator which will help you for years to come. 
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Survival Tips for New Department Chairs
Jane Harper discusses how one's leadership can be found in action, outlook, and rapport with colleagues and departmental players.
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The Proactive Mentor: Suggested Strategies
Janet Pérez emphasizes the importance of being more than just a role model, rather an active and nurturing mentor, for doctoral students and junior colleagues.
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Who Needs Development?
Donald K. Jarvis breaks down steps for creating a holistic development strategy for a department or school. 
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Time/Email Management

 
Digital Tools to Help Campus Administrators Do Their Jobs
Elizabeth Simmons discusses how "productivity software" can smooth the path for new administrators -- and offers tips on the tools she finds most useful.
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Top Ten Email Timesavers/Productivity Enhancers
Randy Dean, MBA, gives ten discrete strategies for tackling the mountain of email. 
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Budget and Finances

 
Academic Finance Demystified
Elizabeth Simmons explains how a better understanding of how the money flows can help professors navigate their campuses' budget processes.
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Mentoring

Mentoring for Personal Career Goals-Powerpoint
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Mapping a Mentoring Roadmap and Developing a Supportive Network for Strategic Career Advancement
In this article, Beronda Montgomery presents a proactive, individual-centered mentoring model which meets a recognized need for defined, practical methods for supporting comprehensive career planning and strategic development grounded in personal career aspirations.
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How to Survive Your First Year as Deparment Chair
Kerry Ann Rockquemore explores strategies for moving forward during the first year of a new adminsitrative role.
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National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity Mentoring Roadmap
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They Don't Train Us for This: 13 Lessons I Wish Someone Had Taught Me Before I Became an Academic Administrator
Fred Schwarsbach reflects on important management lessons he learned when he started out in academic administration.
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Characteristics of Effective Mentors and Mentees
List of helpful tips for a productive mentor/mentee relationship.
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Characteristics  and Examples of Constructive Feedback
A productive mentroing relationship relies on constructive feedback.  This list provides some guidlelines and smaples of what this should look like.
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Introduction to Mentoring: A Guide for Mentors and Mentees
The American Psychological Association (APA) produced this guide as a general resource to guide prospective mentors and mentess interested in engaging in professional development relationships.
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