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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.

Registration for January 2015 program is now closed.


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.

Upcoming Programs


Registration Fees*

Early Bird (Deadline: Friday, November 14, 2014)
ACE Member Institution:   $1,000 
Non-ACE Member Institution:  $1250 

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 Crystal Andrews at to arrange for payment at the discounted rate. At that time, payment options need not be restricted to purchase order or check.   

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

6:30 p.m. Pre-conference networking

Day 1
7:30 a.m.  Registration and sign-in open
5:00 p.m.  First day’s programming ends

Day 2

7:30 a.m.  Regathering
4:30 p.m.  Workshop ends

(Tentative) Topics
  • Welcome and Setting the Stage
  • What Does a Department Chair Do?
  • Small Group Discussions: Department Chairs as Unit Leaders
  • Critical Role of Chairs in Advancing the Academic Quality and Mission of the Institution
  • Business Strategies That Can Help Chairs Lead and Departments Gain Perspective
  • Small Group Discussions: Department Chairs as Institutional Citizens Advancing Institutional Goals
  • Innovation for the Future
  • Wrap Up: Leadership Development and Next Leadership Steps for Chairs
Who Should Attend
  • Department chairs
  • Division heads
  • Program directors
  • Unit leaders

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

Contact us about ACE Leadership Academy for Department Chairs

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