Resources for New Department Chairs and School Directors




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Time/Email Management
November 9, 9:00-10:30 AM
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Hiring, Retention and Spousal Hires
January 17, 2017, 8:30-10:30 AM
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University Budget
Informal Conversation with Terry Curry
November 30, 8:00-10:00 AM
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Faculty Performance Reviews
February 22, 2017, 8:30-10:30 AM
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Transitioning from Putting Out Fires to Effecting Change
December 1, 3:30-5:00 PM
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Difficult Conversations for Academic Administrators
March 23, 3:00-4:30 PM
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  Conversation with the Provost for New Chairs and School Directors
April 21, 2017, 9:00-10:30 AM
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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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