Department Chairs Workshop & Events

Department Chairs Bag Lunch Series

Bag lunch sessions for department chairs focus on a variety of topics intended to support chairs in their roles as leaders of academic departments. These sessions are led by experienced chairs or other campus administrators expertise in that topic. Participation in Department Chair bag lunches is limited to chairs in order to support candid and focused discussion. 

Feel free to bring your bag lunch, and we'll supply snacks, water, and the following programs listed in the column to the right.

Two-Day Mandatory New Chairs Workshop

Academic Affairs offers a two-day, mandatory session for newly appointed department chairs and directors. This training is typically held immediately before the start of Fall Quarter each academic year. The goal of the workshop is to provide chairs with key information and resources to assist them in their new roles. The session also allows chairs and directors the opportunity to interact with counterparts in other departments and programs. Vice Chairs and returning chairs are also welcome to attend to share their experiences and perspectives to the dialogue. Each year Academic Affairs updates this workshop to make it as useful and practical for the chairs and vice chairs in attendance. A complimentary continental breakfast and catered lunch are provided.

Session Topics Include:

  • Procedures for faculty advancement
  • Managing department resources
  • Financial management
  • Facilitating faculty success - faculty searches, nurturing new faculty
  • Important policies/procedures
  • Creating a productive work environment for faculty and staff

Workshop Schedule:

2024 Two-Day Mandatory New Chairs Workshop
Wednesday, September 11 - Thursday, September 12, 2024, 8:00 AM-5:00PM each day, 
Student Community Center, Multi-Purpose Room. 

There will be a reception on September 11, 2024 from 5pm-7:30pm with Deans.

Registration is required to attend. Please register here. 

Please reach out to Kristina Hanna ( for questions regarding the Two-Day New Chairs Workshop

Please send any questions or suggestions for topics to:

Faculty Relations and Development