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Leadership Academy for Department Chairs


January 17, 2018


The January 2018 program registration is now closed.


The ACE Leadership Academy for Department Chairs is a 2-day workshop that prepares department chairs for their roles as institutional leaders who can advance their programs and contribute 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.

November 18, 2017 ​Early bird registration ends
​December 13, 2017 ​Registration closes
December 19, 2017​ ​Hotel room reservation deadline (see Location tab for more details)
December 20, 2017 Payment due (participation is not confirmed unless full payment is received)
Travel Logistics

The January 2018 workshop is hosted in San Diego, CA at the Hyatt Regency Mission Bay Spa & Marina. For more information, please visit the Location tab

Program Schedule

Visit the Program tab for program schedule information.

Fees include full breakfast, lunch, and materials. Registered attendees are responsible for their hotel and travel expenses – exclusive discounted hotel rates available.

Early Bird Registration: ACE Member Institution: $1,500  | Non-ACE Member Institution: $1,800

General Registration: ACE Member Institution: $1,550 | Non-ACE Member Institution: $1,850

Team Registration: 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 $75 discount. To receive the discount, contact Connie Banks at to arrange payment at the discounted rate.

Check your institution's membership status via the ACE Members & Associates Directory.

Payment and Cancellations Policies

Full payment must be received prior to start of the program to confirm registration. ACE accepts the following payment options:

  • Credit Card - American Express, Visa, Discover, or MasterCard accepted. Participants can pay during registration or call 202-939-9376 to have payment processed by phone.

  • Check - Make payable to American Council on Education and indicate participant name on check. Mail both check and registration receipt/invoice to:

American Council on Education
C/O ACE Leadership
P.O. Box 418762
Boston, MA 02241​-8762

Note: Purchase orders are not accepted as payment. To request an invoice, email both purchase order and registration receipt to


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January 17-18, 2018

Hyatt Regency Mission Bay Spa & Marina
San Diego, CA


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Program Topics
  • What Does a Department Chair Do?
  • Budgeting and Financial Management
  • Department Chair Leadership in Institutional Governance
  • Conflict Management
  • Critical Role of Chairs in Advancing Quality and Mission
  • Diversity and Leadership
  • Best Practices for Department Chairs
Schedule at a Glance

A more detailed agenda will be sent to all participants before the meeting.


7:00 a.m. - 8:00 a.m.   Full Breakfast and Check-In

8:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.   Program Sessions and Lunch


7:00 a.m. - 8:00 a.m.   Full Breakfast

8:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.   Program Sessions and Lunch



Reservation deadline: December 19, 2017

January 17-18, 2018 program: 

Hyatt Regency Mission Bay Spa & Marina
1441 Quivira Road
San Diego, CA 92109
Phone: 619-224-1234, Fax: 619-221-4841

Hotel Booking Information (PDF) |  1MB

Participants are responsible for their hotel and travel expenses. 

Please register for the program prior to reserving the room. For additional logistics details, including the hotel reservation link, please read the above Hotel Booking Information document.


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