Leadership Development Programming for Chairs & Coordinators

Development Events Calendar for Chairs and Program Coordinators


September 8

  • 2:00 ­– 2:45 pm Smith Campus Center 217

Supporting New Faculty Members and Creating a Welcoming Department/Program Community

Join Ami Radunskaya, Jo Hardin, and Jennifer Friedlander to talk about intentionally creating an inclusive, welcoming, and supportive environment for new faculty members and other community members.

September 12

  • 1:00 – 1:45 pm, Smith Board Room Alexander Hall

Chairing FPC reviews

Join April Mayes and Dave Kauchak to talk about best practices for FPC review chairs. Jan Roselle will be on hand to provide support on procedural questions that may arise.

September 14

  • 12:00 SCC 201 Lunch Meeting for Department Chairs, Program Coordinators, & Directors (location tentative)

September 28

  • 3:00 – 3:45 pm, SCC 201

Legal Considerations and Hiring for Diversity

As we enter the season of hiring both tenure-track and visiting faculty, join Glen Kraemer (College counsel) and Zayn Kassam, Diversity Officer and Associate Dean for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion to ask questions and learn more about the laws and practices around hiring for diversity.


October 4

  • 3:00 – 3:45 pm, SCC 208

Developing a Mutually Beneficial Relationship with Your Academic Coordinator

Join Kevin Dettmar and Miriam Merrill to discuss fostering a mutually supportive relationship with administrative assistants as a manager committed to staff inclusion and growth and as partners who share key information about important department matters. Brenda Rushforth will join to offer practical guidance related to the supervisory role.

October 5

  • 10:00 – 10:45 am, SCC 217

Visualizing a Budget Plan and Managing Resources

Join Kevin Dettmar and Finance Office staff, Vickie Roberts and Cole Varvel, to discuss how to bring your department/program colleagues together in conversation about how to envision a budget that matches your department's values and the role of the chair/coordinator in budget management. Vickie Roberts will join to answer questions about tracking budgets on Workday, and Cole Varvel will join to answer questions about processes related to setting the annual budget.

October 6

  • 1:00 – 1:45 pm, Smith Campus Center 217

Intentional Department/Program Leadership

Join Virginie Duzer, Hans Rindisbacher, and Miriam Merrill to talk about intentional, thoughtful leadership that supports all members of the department/program community.

October 11

  • 1:30 – 2:15 pm, Alexander Hall Holmes Room

Things I Wish I’d Known When I First Became Chair

Join Joanne Nucho and Ben Keim, who recently completed their first term as chair, in an informal discussion about the questions to ask and the support to seek when one enters a leadership role.

October 11

  • 4:00 – 4:45 pm, SCC 217

Supporting Students Inside and Outside of the Classroom

This session will provide an overview of the Dean of Students office, introducing the class deans and the ways that they can partner with faculty to support students in their academic and extracurricular pursuits. Resources and ways to support students of concern will also be outlined and scenarios will be presented so that participants can bridge theory to practice.

October 26

  • 12:00 SCC 208 Lunch Meeting for Department Chairs, Program Coordinators, & Directors (location tentative)

October 31

  • 1:00 – 1:45 pm, Benton Museum Pavilion

Getting the Most Out of Meetings

Join Sharon Goto, Karl Johnson, and Len Seligman to talk about best practices for using meetings to build a sense of shared purpose, encourage thoughtful and intentional exchange of ideas, develop action items, and support a sense of respect for one another's time.


November 1

  • 1:30 – 2:30 pm, Benton Museum Pavilion

Close Listening and Conflict Resolution for Department/Program Leaders

Join Bob Gaines and Miriam Merrill to explore the role of chair/coordinator in resolving interpersonal conflicts within the department/program and fostering intentional and thoughtful collegial relationships

November 2

  • 1:00 – 1:45 pm, SCC 217

Using Gift Funds to Support Department/Program Initiatives

Learn how department chairs and program coordinators can partner with Advancement’s Stewardship team to translate, navigate, and use gift funds.

November 7

  • 1:00 – 1:45 pm, SCC 217

What’s Up With Study Abroad?

Join Dave Kauchak, Virginie Duzer, and Nicole Desjardins Gowdy, senior director of international and domestic programs, to learn more about the transition from study abroad to international and domestic programs at the College, including the current state of the field; guidance for faculty, advisors, and department chairs during the student application process; program development and approval process; a preview of the new faculty-led programs initiative; and highlights from student participation in our programs over the past few years.

November 8

  • 3:00 – 3:45 pm, Benton Museum Pavilion

Navigating a Title IX Report

Join Erica Moorer to get your questions answered about the duties required of Responsible Employees, how the Title IX Coordinator works with faculty to support students in and out of the classroom, and anything else that sparks your curiosity or interest about the Title IX process for faculty or students.

November 10

  • 8:00 – 10:00 am

Frank Blue Room Budget Breakfast with Finance Office Staff

Learn more about the college-wide budget at this annual breakfast event. Bring your budget questions.

November 30

  • 12:00 SCC 208 Lunch Meeting for Department Chairs, Program Coordinators, & Directors (location tentative)


February 22

  • 12:00 SCC 208 Lunch Meeting for Department Chairs, Program Coordinators, & Directors (location tentative)


March 22

  • 12:00 SCC 208 Lunch Meeting for Department Chairs, Program Coordinators, & Directors (location tentative)


April 26

  • 12:00 SCC 208 Lunch Meeting for Department Chairs, Program Coordinators, & Directors (location tentative)