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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

The Leadership Academy is conducted three times during the year: January, July, and October.

July 20-21, 2016 hosted at the National Center for Higher Education | Hotel and Travel (PDF) 1MB

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

  • 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

Early Bird: ACE Member Institution: $1,000   |   Non-ACE Member Institution: $1,250
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.

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.

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

Sherri Hughes


Juanita Banks

Senior Program Manager

Brian Madden

Program Manager

Contact us about ACE Leadership Academy for Department Chairs

Registration for the July 2016 session is now closed.

July 20-21, 2016
National Center for Higher Education

Washington, DC


If you would like to be placed on our waiting list, please email your request to


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