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ACE Leadership Academy for Department Chairs

The Academy builds on the legacy of ACE's longtime, highly regarded Department Chairs Workshop to engage chairs in a community of learning.

The ACE Leadership Academy for Department Chairs is a 2-day workshop that prepares department chairs for their roles as academic leaders in their programs and institutional leaders contributing to the larger mission of their colleges or universities. Under the guidance of experienced college and university leaders, participants explore best practices for leading departments in times of change. The format includes case studies, tabletop discussions, simulations on key leadership issues, and peer-to-peer sharing about achieving departmental success. The Leadership Academy is conducted 4 times during the year: January, March, July, and October.

Upcoming Programs

If you would like to be informed when registration opens, or would like more information on the program, please email

Registration Fees
  • Early Bird Registration: ACE Member Institution: $1,000   |   Non-ACE Member Institution: $1,250
  • General Registration: ACE Member Institution: $1,050     Non-ACE Member Institution: $1,300
 If you are unsure whether your institution is an ACE member institution, please check the ACE Members & Associates Directory.
Registration includes breakfast, lunch, and materials. Participants are responsible for their hotel and travel expenses. Discounted hotel rates are available for attendees registered for workshop.

Team discounts are available for multiple registrations from the same institution. After the first participant registers at full price, each additional registrant from the same institution qualifies for a $50 discount. To receive the discount, contact Connie Banks at to arrange payment at the discounted rate.

Preliminary Schedule

Day 1
7:30 a.m.  Registration and sign-in open
5 p.m.      First day’s programming ends ​

Day 2
7:30 a.m.  Re-gathering
4:30 p.m.  Workshop ends

  • Welcome and Setting the Stage
  • What Does a Department Chair Do?
  • Budgeting and Financial Management
  • Department Chair Leadership in an Institutional Governance Structure
  • Conflict Management
  • Critical Role of Chairs in Advancing the Academic Quality and Mission of the Institution
  • Diversity and Leadership
  • Innovation for the Future
Who Should Attend
  • Department chairs
  • Division heads
  • Program directors
  • Unit leaders​​​​​​​

Program Director

Sherri Hughes


Contact us about ACE Leadership Academy for Department Chairs

Registration for the March 2017 workshop is now closed.

March 1-2, 2017

Renaissance Dallas Hotel
​Dallas, TX

Early Bird Registration

July 19-20, 2017 

Washington, DC

ACE Member Institution: $1,000
Non-ACE Member Institution: $1,250

Early bird registration ends May 17, 2017

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