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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.

Thank you for your interest in the ACE Leadership Academy for Department Chairs. This 2-day workshop is conducted 3 times during the year: January, March, July, and October. It focuses on the chair, not only as a unit leader, but also as an academic leader in service to the institution and its mission. 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. On the day prior to the workshop, there is a pre-conference registration and an optional evening reception.


Upcoming Programs
  •  January 10-12, 2017 (West Coast, location TBA)
  • February 28-March 2, 2017 (Southwest, location TBA)

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


Preliminary Schedule

Pre-Conference (Optional)

5:30 p.m.  Pre-conference registration and networking reception (optional)

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
Registration Fees

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

The registration fee includes breakfast and lunch for both days and materials. Participants are responsible for their hotel and travel expenses.

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.

Program Staff

Sherri Hughes

Director, Emerging Leaders Group

Juanita Banks

Senior Program Manager

Brian Madden

Program Manager

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