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Department Chair Training

Track I (New Chairs and Associate Chairs):

Understanding Leadership in Higher Education - This module discusses the challenges of leading in Higher Education at the departmental level. Participants will explore the concepts of leadership vs. management, qualities of effective leaders, academic leader activities, and the perceivably conflicting pressures of transitioning from “scholar” to “chair.”

Communication and Conflict Resolution – This module discusses the chair’s critical roles as a listener, interpreter, planner, and mediator when conflict arises. Participants will discuss effective communication techniques as well as strategies to prevent and resolve conflict in order to build cooperative relationships and achieve departmental and university goals.


Budgeting (Presented by the Division of Business Affairs) 

Harassment Issues in Higher Education – This module discusses prevention of discrimination and harassment in the workplace. Participants will explore practical skills for identifying workplace bullying, sexual harassment, and micro-inequities and will review valuable University resources for assistance with harassment related issues.

Managing Performance – This program will provide an overview of the forms and procedures for Performance Management of staff at UT Arlington. Additional discussion will focus on best practices for supervisors to assess needs, identify problem areas and effectively convey information that leads to employee development when coaching for performance.

Welcoming Diversity -This workshop is an experiential, interactive program designed to promote awareness and increased sensitivity to the many similarities and differences among individuals and groups in our society. Done in an upbeat, hopeful tone, the program focuses on developing self-pride, examining stereotypes, and learning skills in responding to prejudicial jokes, remarks, and slurs.

Track II (Experienced Chairs):

Budgeting (Presented by the Division of Business Affairs)

Harassment Issues in Higher Education – This module discusses prevention of discrimination and harassment in the workplace. Participants will explore practical skills for identifying workplace bullying, sexual harassment, and micro-inequities and will review valuable University resources for assistance with harassment related issues.

Crucial Conversations – Based on the award-winning training program, Crucial Conversations, and the book of the same title, this seminar guides chairs through the steps to mastering crucial conversations to achieve alignment, agreement, and execution.

Interrupting Bias in the Faculty Search Process -This session will explore barriers within the faculty search process that prevent the fair evaluation of underrepresented candidates

Crucial Confrontations – As a follow-up to “Crucial Conversations”, “Crucial Confrontations” (and the book of the same title) guides chairs through the steps to mastering face-to-face accountability discussions that needs to be held when there is a gap between what is expected and what is observed.

Behavior Intervention Team (BIT) Overview & Behavior Intervention Techniques – Representatives from Student Affairs and Counseling Services will provide an overview of the University’s Behavior Intervention Team, explain how it serves as a valuable student-support resource to faculty and staff, and will provide information and techniques on how to deal with student-related behavior incidents.