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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 yearlong community of learning.


This 2-day workshop focuses on the chair not only as a unit leader but also as an academic leader in service to the institution and its mission. On the day prior to the workshop, there is a pre-conference registration and an optional evening reception.

Upcoming Programs

July 29-30, 2015 hosted at the Dupont Circle Hotel | Hotel and Travel (PDF) (Sold Out)

October 20-22, 2015 is hosted at the Eaglewood Resort & Spa | Hotel and Travel (PDF)

Description and Components

Academy participants will engage in case studies, table-top discussions, problem-solving exercises, role play exercises, and simulations on key leadership issues, department success, and contribution to the larger mission of the institution.

Preliminary Schedule

5 p.m. Pre-conference registration and networking reception

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

(Tentative) Topics
  • 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
Registration Fees*

General Registration 
ACE Member Institution: $1,050
Non-ACE Member Institution: $1,300

*Payment is due 2 weeks prior to the event.

The registration fee includes breakfast and lunch for both days and materials.

Team discounts are available for multiple registrations from the same institution. To receive the $50 discount on multiple registrations from a single institution: When completing the registration form, please select purchase order or check as your payment option, and contact Connie Banks at to arrange for payment at the discounted rate. At that time, payment options need not be restricted to purchase order or check.   

Please continue to check this page for the announcement of the next workshop and/or send an email to to be notified when information regarding the next workshop becomes available.

Program Staff

Juanita Banks

Senior Program Manager

Brian Madden

Program Manager

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October 20-22, 2015
Eaglewood Resort & Spa 

Itasca, IL



ACE Member Price: $1,050

Non-ACE Member Price: $1,300

Payment is due 2 weeks prior to the event.

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 $50 discount, contact Connie Banks at to arrange payment at the discounted rate.


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