Supporting Institutional Change through Leadership Development

Session Time and Location

Fri, 8 Jun 2018
8:00am to 9:30am
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Advance HE Pre-function Area
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Session Format


Department chairs and other mid-level leaders hold crucial leadership positions in higher education. They ensure quality programs and are key players in leveraging cultural change at the student, department and institutional levels. However, chairs are typically ill-prepared for these complex challenges, and their development is too often left to chance. This session takes up this call by culling insights about effective chair development from our leadership development efforts and the chair development literature. We tease out features and dilemmas of effective leadership development for mid-level leaders in hopes of contributing to a shared body of knowledge.


  • Session References +

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