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Chair Development

The Office of the Provost hosts regular development opportunities for Department Chairs. Meetings are held year-round. 

All Chairs are invited to working lunch sessions, which are held monthly, on the last Thursday of the month, from 11:30am-1:00pm, with lunch provided. The location alternates so that some meetings are on the north campus and some on the south campus.

About half of the sessions during the year focus on creating opportunities for Chairs to talk with their peers about emerging topics of interest. Other sessions have specific agendas with guest presenters who address key topics of relevance for Chairs. Topics addressed in structured sessions include: University budgeting 101, University resources to support faculty in their research, how Chairs can support effective teaching, supporting student mental health and wellness, and other topics related to leading an academic department.