Professional Development for Department Heads
The ADVANCE Center is collaborating with the Office of the Dean of Faculties to enhance diversity training for Department Heads as well as other departmental leaders. The goals of the Leadership Excellence for Academic Diversity (LEAD) Program are to:
- provide professional development for department heads,
- provide further support for Department Heads in improving departmental climate, and
- assist Department Heads in meeting their diversity-related goals, which are reportable to the Office of the Vice President and Associate Provost for Diversity.
To that end, 2-3 workshops – which are designed and facilitated by the Dean of Faculties, at least two Department Heads, and members of the ADVANCE Team – are conducted each academic year and focus on issues related to department leadership. Importantly, implicit bias content and other topics related to underrepresented faculty (e.g. stereotype threat) are woven into each workshop. Additionally, local/institutional data as well as national data are integrated where possible. The workshops that have been conducted to date, along with their related materials, are below.
Improving Workplace Climate through Evidence-Based Practices
Effectively Leading Staff
Strategies for Recruiting & Retaining Dual-Career Couples
Raising Faculty Profiles
Improving Workplace Climate through Evidence-Based Practices (1/13/16)
Faculty, staff, and students flourish in a supportive environment. Further, a positive workplace climate leads to greater productivity and aids in the recruitment and retention of a diverse faculty of excellence. What practices should academic leaders engage in for establishing and maintaining a healthy workplace climate? This workshop is designed specifically for department heads and will focus on an evidence-based framework for improving departmental climate. The workshop will be co-facilitated by Drs. Blanca Lupiani, Interim Dean of Faculties, Robin Autenrieth (Department Head, Civil Engineering) and Sorin Sorescu (Department Head, Finance). They will share successes and lessons learned from their collective experience.
Effectively Leading Staff (5/8/15)
Top academic performance requires top quality support. This engaging and interactive workshop was designed specifically for department heads and focused on building awareness of different employee cultures in the academy, developing a deeper understanding of evidence-based factors that undermine departmental climate and staff performance, strategies for managing staff expectations and conflict, and how leading staff is different than leading faculty. The workshop was facilitated by Drs. Blanca Lupiani, Associate Dean of Faculties, Boon Chew, Department Head in Nutrition & Food Science, Jeff Kapler, Department Head in Molecular & Cellular Medicine, and Merna Jacobsen, Interim Associate Vice President for University Risk & Compliance.
Strategies for Recruiting & Retaining Dual-Career Couples (9/29/14)
This engaging and interactive workshop focused on best practices for hiring and retaining dual-career couples. The workshop was facilitated by Blanca Lupiani, Associate Dean of Faculties, Nancy Amato, Interim Department Head in Computer Science and Engineering, Lesley Tomaszewski, Dual-Career Program Manager, and invited guest Joan Murrin, former Founder/Director of The University of Iowa’s Dual Career Network (DCN) and co-founder of the International Higher Education Dual Career Association. Through this workshop, the Office of the Dean of Faculties and the ADVANCE Center disseminated information about their recent efforts to augment services for dual-career couples. Also, Department Heads engaged in cross-college, small group discussions about different tools and strategies that can be used to maximize employment opportunities for faculty partners both on and off campus.
Raising Faculty Profiles (4/3/14)
This interactive workshop focused on the challenges to and best practices for recognizing faculty achievement. Drs. Michael Benedik (Dean of Faculties), Emile Schweikert (Former Department Head, Chemistry) Marcetta Darensbourg (Distinguished Professor, Chemistry), and Robin Autenrieth (Interim Department Head, Civil Engineering) facilitated the workshop. Department Heads engaged in cross-college, small group discussions about key issues that impact faculty recognition such as:
- In what ways are underrepresented faculty nominated and awarded differently than their counterparts?
- What are best practices for raising faculty profiles?
- How can you develop an awards plan for your department?
Department Heads were encouraged to invite Associate Department Heads and/or Chairs of Awards Committees to join them for the workshop.
Faculty Retention (4/22/13)
This dynamic and interactive workshop will focus on the challenges to and best practices for retention of faculty at all ranks. The workshop will be facilitated by Drs. Michael Benedik (Dean of Faculties), Simon Sheather (Department Head, Statistics) and Jane Sell (Department Head, Sociology). Department heads will engage in cross-college, small group discussions about key issues that impact retention such as:
- faculty development
- mentoring policies and practices, and
- creating a supportive and inclusive environment.
Department Heads are encouraged to invite emerging leaders from underrepresented groups to join them for the workshop.
Faculty Evaluations (2/27/13)
The purposes of annual evaluations, university requirements, and how implicit bias may affect the review process will be addressed through cross-college, small group discussions. The workshop, co-facilitated by Drs. Michael Benedik (Dean of Faculties), Evelyn Tiffany-Castiglioni (Department Head, Veterinary Integrative Biosciences) and Wilf Gardner (Former Department Head, Oceanography), will address the following issues:
- How can we use faculty reviews to stimulate productivity or re-engage under performers?
- What contributions are most valued and how do we convey this to faculty members?
- What are the department norms and how do we evaluate faculty contributions across the broad spectrum of activities and focuses?
- How do we communicate with faculty to preserve collegiality, maintain or gain trust, encourage professional growth, and show appreciation for faculty efforts?
For inquiries, please contact the ADVANCE Program Coordinator, Linda Stelly (979.845-1235).