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Academic Chairs Series

Promoting Departmental Leadership: A Series for Academic Chairs

Offered by Academic Affairs, Duquesne University

Academic departmental leadership is crucial to the success of Duquesne at every level from institutional reputation and strength to individual faculty and student success.  We seek to support our chairs in the following ways:

  • build community across Duquesne by addressing the needs of new and experienced chairs, and by bringing them together to learn from and support one another
  • communicate expectations for Duquesne department chairs
  • explore best practices in departmental leadership in higher education
  • respond to requests for training and materials
  • encourage chairs to attend national institutes on academic leadership so that they can bring ideas back to the group and be refreshed in their own leadership

Fall Kick-off with Provost Austin - Thursday, August 18, 2016

All department chairs are invited to our Fall Kick-off with Provost Austin on Thursday, August 18, 2016 from Noon to 4:00 p.m. in room 108 Canevin Hall.

Department Chairs' Workshop - Friday, September 16, 2016

INTEGRATIVE LEARNING AND THE DEPARTMENTS: FROM MY WORK TO OUR WORK
Discussion Leader: Dr. Terrel (Terry) Rhodes
Friday, September 16, 2016 - 10:00 a.m. - 11:45 a.m. (followed by lunch) - 108 Canevin Hall

Terrel Rhodes is Vice President, Office of Quality, Curriculum and Assessment and Executive Director of VALUE at the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) where he focuses on the quality of undergraduate education, access, general education, e-portfolios and assessment of student learning. He was a faculty member for twenty-five years. He leads the faculty-driven assessment project on student learning entitled Valid Assessment of Learning in Undergraduate Education (VALUE) that now involves 100 institutions in twelve states in a nationwide project to assess student learning in partnership with the State Higher education Executive Officers association. VALUE faculty teams developed rubrics for the full range of Essential Learning Outcomes that can be used with authentic student work to demonstrate quality student learning. Also, he lead the Quality Collaboratives initiative, working in nine states with twenty 2- and 4-year partner campuses testing the usefulness of the Degree Qualifications Profile (DQP) as a transfer framework focused on student learning mastery rather than seat time or credit accumulation. For the past seven years, he has lead AAC&U's e-portfolio initiatives to enhance student learning, including the annual E-Portfolio Forum. Read more https://www.aacu.org/contributor/terrel-rhodes

For all events, please RSVP to Nancy Schmidt at schmidtn@duq.edu

Previous Events:

SUPPORTING FACULTY COLLEAGUES TO BE AT THEIR BEST AS TEACHER-SCHOLARS
Friday, March 18, 2016 - 10am - 1pm (lunch provided) - 613 Student Union
Discussion Leader: Dr. Laurel Willingham-McLain

HOW MISSION INFORMS HIRING AND FACULTY DEVELOPMENT
Friday, September 18, 2015, 10am - 1pm (lunch provided) - 108 Canevin Hall
Discussion Leader: Darlene F. Weaver, Ph.D.
The Heartbeat and Ethos of Spiritan Education

NEW DEPARTMENT CHAIRS' WORKSHOP
"Go To Meeting" Demonstration
Discussion Leader:  Brian Bolsinger
"Developing a Healthy Department Culture"
Discussion Leader:  Dr. Paula Turocy
"Lessons Learned"
Discussion Leader:  Dr. Greg Barnhisel
Wednesday, August 19, 2015 - 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. - 108 Canevin Hall

LEADERSHIP FOR HIGH IMPACT COMMUNITY-ENGAGED LEARNING
Thursday, March 19, 2015, 10am - 1pm (lunch provided) - 613 Student Union
Discussion Leader:  Dr. Barbara A. Holland

ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES OF DEPARTMENT CHAIRS
Friday, September 19, 2014, 10am - 1 pm (lunch provided) - Africa Room
Discussion leader: Dr. Richard Helldobler, Provost and V.P. for Academic Affairs, Northeastern Illinois University

LEADING AND MENTORING FACULTY
Friday, March 14, 2013, 10-11:15 am - 407 Fisher Hall
Discussion Leader: Mikael D.Z. Kimelman, Chairperson of Speech-Language Pathology

DEPARTMENT CHAIR ROLES AND IDENTITY
Wednesday, February 12, 2013, 1-2:15 pm - 207 College Hall (Berger Gallery)
Discussion Leaders: Holly Mayer, former History Chair & Magali Michael, former English Chair

COLLEGIALITY FROM A POSITIVE LEADERSHIP PERSPECTIVE
Tuesday, November 12, 2013, 1-2 pm - 311 Administration  Building
Magna Online Seminar

A CONVERSATION WITH THE PROVOST
Tuesday, October 29, 2013, 10 - 11:30 am - 108 Canevin Hall
Facilitator: Dr. Timothy Austin, Provost and Academic Vice President

NEW DEPARTMENT CHAIRS WORKSHOP
Wednesday, August 21, 2013, 11:30 am - 2:15 pm - 311 Administration Building
Facilitators: Alexandra Gregory, Associate Provost/AAVP Academic Affairs; Jeffrey Miller, Associate Provost/AAVP Administration; Jaime Muñoz, Occupational Therapy Department Chair; Maureen O'Brien, Theology Department Chair

RESOURCES FOR DEPARTMENT CHAIRS.

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