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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 Program

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

  • 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
Check your institution's membership status via the ACE Members & Associates Directory.
Fees include breakfast, lunch, and materials. Registered attendees are responsible for their hotel and travel expenses  exclusive discounted hotel rates available.

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

Director, ACE Leadership

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