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Chair Support and Development

The Saint Louis University Office of the Provost hosts regular networking and development opportunities for Department Chairs (and Chair-equivalents in schools that do not have Chairs). Members of SLU's Provost’s Office also provide one-on-one support for Chairs as needed.

Monthly Chairs’ Lunches

All Chairs (and Chair equivalents) are invited to working lunches, which are held monthly during the academic year, on the last Tuesday of the month, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., with lunch provided. Lunches typically feature a topic of common interest to Chairs from across the University, often with guest speakers, as well as opportunities to connect with and learn from other Chairs.

Topics for past lunches include: equity-minded leadership and decision-making; University resources to support faculty in their research and teaching; effective faculty and staff evaluation practices; supporting student mental health and wellness; and other topics related to leading an academic department/unit.

Individual Support

Members of the Provost’s Office and other units under Academic Affairs also are available to support Chairs individually, serving as a sounding board and/or connecting them with other University resources. Additionally, Chairs also have access to a range of offices that can provide support on specific topics. 

The table below provides a few examples of individuals/offices that can provide support on specific topics. The list is not exhaustive. If you are a Chair looking for support outside of your school/college, contact the Provost’s Office, and someone will get you to the right person/office.

Who What They Can Help With
Debie Lohe
Provost’s Office
  • Chair lunches/general support

  • Distance Education (compliance, quality assurance)

  • Educational technologies

  • Evaluation of teaching effectiveness

  • Faculty/leadership development

  • NCFDD partnership (including Faculty Success Program)

  • Operational way-finding (who do I ask about…)

Steve Sanchez
Provost’s Office
  • Accreditation (HLC and program-level)
  • Assessment of Student Learning
  • State Authorization/Licensure
  • Academic policy
  • External Partnerships/MOAs/Contracts
  • 1818 Program
  • Establishment/continuation of academic centers and institutes
  • Operational way-finding (who do I ask about…)
Lisa Dorsey
Provost’s Office
  • Undergraduate curriculum management
  • Undergraduate Academic Affairs Committee (UAAC)
  • Undergraduate Academic Advising
  • University Honors Program
  • Pre-Health and Pre-Law Studies Program
  • University Academic Integrity policies and processes
  • Operational way-finding (who do I ask about…)
April Trees
Provost’s Office
  • Graduate curriculum management
  • Graduate Academic Affairs Committee (GAAC)
  • Office of Graduate Education
  • Graduate Advising
  • Graduate Student Association
  • Academic Program Review
  • Faculty workload policy/processes
  • Operational way-finding (who do I ask about…)
Stacey Harrington
Provost’s Office
  • Academic financial planning
  • University budgeting and budget management
  • Office of Institutional Research
  • Data governance
  • Operational way-finding (who do I ask about…)

Miriam Joseph

Provost's Office

  • Faculty promotion and tenure processes/UCART
  • Faculty Manual and faculty-focused policy
  • Emeritus/a faculty applications
  • Faculty sabbatical, developmental, and research leaves
  • Operational way-finding (who do I ask about…)