Learn strategies and develop the skills needed to be an effective leader during the current crisis and beyond

The coronavirus pandemic has transformed higher education like no other event in recent memory. Academic leaders are facing more complex and frequent challenges than ever before, and the effects of the pandemic only intensify an already-difficult job. The Chronicle, DeverJustice LLC, and Ithaka S+R have partnered for a professional development series to help you develop new skills, become a more effective leader, and overcome the challenges of your role.

After months of leaping from crisis to crisis, and working in a state of constant disruption, chairs need to take the time to pause and reflect – what’s working? What hasn’t worked? Professional development is more important than ever, and it is critical that you have access to the resources and tools needed to succeed and grow.
  • How to distinguish between tactical and strategic challenges, particularly in a time of crisis and uncertainty.
  • How to make effective use — short term and long term — of your bully pulpit.
  • How to think about and work with problem colleagues.
  • Why succession planning and inclusive leadership are so important, and empowering.
  • How to approach questions of diversity, equity, and inclusion structurally, not transactionally.

    Bob Atkins
    CEO, Gray Associates

    A Symposium Series
    Leading into the Future
    A series of two-hour symposiums, designed for department chairs, but open to all academic professionals. You’ll learn from expert panelists, get innovative strategies and proven tactics to overcome the most common and persistent challenges, and have the chance to ask questions.

    October 23
    • The shift to online learning: Ian Wilhelm, assistant managing editor, The Chronicle of Higher Education, will lead the conversation and Q&A with a panel of experts on the shift to online learning. They’ll discuss the abrupt pivot to virtual in the spring, how to help faculty members overcome unfamiliar technologies and incorporate new systems, and ways for faculty to create dynamic, student-serving programs.
    • Supporting faculty during a crisis: Kevin Dettmar, professor of English and director of the Humanities Studio at Pomona College, will lead a discussion about the complexities of leading during this time, including the lack of boundaries between professional and personal lives.

    November 6
    • How to create dynamic learning environments for students: How can chairs support student learning? How has the shift to online learning affected students in different circumstances, and how can the student experience be improved? How can chairs work with faculty and departmental and institutional staff to ensure that hands-on and co-curricular learning remains viable? What innovations will carry over and which will end with the pandemic?
    • Supporting a diverse student body during the pandemic: The pandemic has only intensified changes in the student experience — who are students are, what they want to learn, and what experiences they bring to our classrooms and labs. How should you respond to mental health issues? Students have complicated work/life issues, made worse when some are living at home, some are living in quarantine, and others have lost their jobs. Some students are hungry and homeless, lacking in childcare. What channels can experienced chairs use to support their students?


    Session 1 Curriculum and Faculty: $99

    Session 2 Students and Learning:  $99

    Symposia Bundle   $179

    Session 1 | Curriculum and Faculty                   $99

    Session 2 | Students and Learning                    $99

    Symposia Bundle                                                $179