Welcome to the website for
academic department chairs.

Chairs Dialogue Series

  • Coffee at Clabbergirl: Meet Your Chair Colleagues – Sept. 20; 8-9:30am
  • Reflection on President’s Fall Address – Oct. 5, 4:30-6pm; 7th & Elm
  • Managing Department Chair Administration – Nov. 2, 4-5:30pm; 7th & Elm
  • Spring Series – As per input from chairs

Workshop Series

  • American Council on Education Webinar:  Saving American Higher Education:  Fostering Innovation and Productivity from the Inside Out - September 22, 2:30-4pm, followed by 30 minutes of ISU only conversation for those that can stay.  HMSU 321
  • Good Practice in Pre-Tenure and Tenure Faculty Evaluation – September 26, 12-1:30pm; BCOE 212A
  • Managing Conflict - October 24, 3-4:30 pm, HMSU 321
  • Good Practice in Faculty Searches – November; TBA
  • Athletics and Academics: A Conversation with Ron Prettyman followed by Women’s Basketball Game versus Butler – Dec. 6; 5:00pm, Lower level, African-American Cultural Center
  • Spring Series – As per input from chairs


Helpful Links

List of current department chairs with years in role
List of former department chairs (stepped down in past 5 years)  
University Handbook 

Articles of Interests for Chairs

ISU Faculty Exit Interview Report
Good Practice in Tenure Evaluation
AAUP Redbook  


Professional Development Resources

American Council on Education Department Chair Resource Center
Jossey-Bass Department Chair Leadership Institute
National Communication Association Chair’s Corner
Idea Center for Feedback and Coaching for Department Chairs
Old Dominion University Chair’s Orientation with videoclips
UCLA Department Chair Handbook
U of MN Department Chair Leadership Program 



Department Chair Institute
Academic Chairpersons Conference
Council of Independent Colleges Department & Division Chairs Conference
Discipline Focused Conferences 

          American Sociological Association Department Chairs Conference
          American Political Science Association Conference for Department Chairs