Our friends at Jossey-Bass have been working on new resources to support and train department chairs. The latest initiatives include The Department Chair Insider, a free semi-monthly e-newsletter designed to provide timely, useful tips and advice from experts in the field. I've included a sneak preview of the "Ask the Department Chair Insider" feature below.
The other exciting program is a unique series of professional development and networking events that department chairs may attend from their offices. The series, "The Essentials: For Department Chairs in Their First Term," is designed to meet the needs of department chairs in the first one to three years of this critical leadership role. For more information visit: http://www.departmentchairs.org
This timely seminar series gives department chairs the orientation and support they need to excel. Participants will enjoy a series of five 90-minute engaging and interactive seminars led by top experts.
- August 12, 2010: The Most Important Things You Need to Know (and Do) as a Department Chair
- August 26, 2010: A Quick and Practical Guide to Managing Your Time and Stress
- September 16, 2010: Best Practices in Effective Communication and Conflict Management
- October 14, 2010: What Department Chairs Can Do to Foster Excellent Teaching
- November 10, 2010: Best Practices in Budgeting, Resource Management, and Planning for Results
All sessions begin at 11:30 a.m. (Eastern Time)
The price is $99 for any one session, or $399 for all five sessions. There is also early bird savings of $50.00 when you register by July 1, 2010, for the complete series (all five sessions).
Full series registrants also receive a copy of Don Chu's "The Department Chair Primer: Leading and Managing Academic Departments" (a $29 value) and "Higher Education Law and Difficult Faculty Members," a podcast by Barbara Lee, professor and author of "The Law of Higher Education", 4th edition (Jossey-Bass, 2006).
Group discounts and site licenses are available. To register please visit:
Ask the Department Chair Insider (A regular e-newsletter feature.)
Q. I have more to do each day than I can possibly accomplish. How do I prioritize my time?
A. Imagine that in front of you there is a large empty jar and I proceed to fill it with big rocks until no more rocks can fit inside. Is this jar full? Imagine that I now produce a bucket of pebbles and pour them into the jar. By shaking the jar the pebbles work themselves down into the gaps between the big rocks. Is this jar full now? Imagine that I now take a bucket of sand and empty it into the jar. It goes into all the spaces left between the rocks and the pebbles until the jar is filled to the brim.
What is the point of this illustration? The jar is a metaphor for your life. The big rocks are the important things, the pebbles are other things that matter, and the sand is everything else, the small stuff. If you put the sand into the jar first, there is no room for the big rocks or pebbles. The same principle applies to your life. If you spend your time and energy on the small stuff, you won't have room for the things that are really important to you or the things that matter. Identify what the big rocks are in your life. Then, set your priorities by putting those in your jar first. Pay attention to the professional and personal things that are most critical for you to experience enduring success and fulfillment.
Gary Shulman, chair of the Department of Communication, Miami University
*Do you have a question about your role as chair? Do you need advice on a specific aspect of your chair work? Send your question to firstname.lastname@example.org and one of our experts will respond. Your answer will appear in an upcoming issue of the Jossey-Bass Department Chair Insider.
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