After a session at Miami University (OH) attended by 116 academic leaders from around the country, it is time to register for the Oct. 15-16 offering of ACE's Leadership Academy for Department Chairs (LADC).
The workshop allows department chairs to spend an intensive two days “focusing on the importance of effective leadership at the departmental level, especially during these challenging times for higher education,” said Sharon A. McDade, director of ACE’s Emerging Leaders Group, which houses the LADC. “In particular, the LADC focuses on how chairs can not only contribute as academic unit leaders but also as institutional citizens in support of organizational mission and strategic goals.”
Registration is now open for the workshop, which will be held near O’Hare International Airport outside Chicago. Those interested are encouraged to sign up promptly. A discount is available for Institutional teams of chairs.
The workshop begins a year of engagement, which includes a series of five webinars offered throughout the year on cutting-edge higher education issues and topics of particular relevance to chairs. During the year, participants will also be able to take advantage of a Blackboard site of materials designed specifically for department chairs.
Miami Workshop Explored National Education Issues
McDade noted that the Miami workshop featured lively discussions and question and answer sessions, in large and small group formats.
Participants commented that they came away from the two days thinking about their roles as campus leaders in new and inventive ways and ready to tackle issues such as enhancing the understanding of the relationship between their departments and their institution’s overall mission.
The Miami workshop also explored national higher education issues such as the role the department chair can play in helping colleges and universities achieve higher attainment rates.