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Department Chairs' Leadership Community

The Department Chairs' Leadership Community, a new initiative from the Office of the Provost, is a recurring series that seeks to keep university department chairs informed and engaged with vital university topics and resources, while also building a community of learning and leadership to promote future collaboration. Each session will be facilitated by university leaders with specific experience or expertise in that topic, with dedicated time for attendees to discuss, share best practices and learn from each other. Additional resources and discussions will be posted online for further engagement and continued development. 

University department chairs are highly encouraged to attend. Sessions are open to all chairs, as well as assistant and associate deans. See the full list below for RSVP links. 


Fall 2017 - Spring 2018 sessions


Recruiting and Retaining High Quality Faculty

This session will discuss best practices for developing impactful recruitment, onboarding and retention strategies, with special emphasis on underrepresented minorities.

Sep. 21, 2017, 7:30-9:00 A.M. (Breakfast 7:30-8:00 A.M.)

University Student Commons, Virginia Rooms A-B


Chairs: Managing Conflicts Up, Down and Across

Special guest Wayne Blair, University Ombuds at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, will provide insight on conflict management strategies for mid and senior level administrators.

Oct. 19, 2017, 1:00-2:00 P.M.

Jonah L. Larrick Student Center, Court End Ballroom A


Distressed and Distressing Students: Revisited

Panelists Chuck Klink, Ph.D., Senior Vice Provost for Student Affairs, Laura Rugless, J.D., Director of Equity and Access Services and VCU Police Chief John Venuti will lead a seminar on threat assessment and our roles and responsibilities as academic leaders in the safety and well-being of faculty, students and staff.

Oct. 20, 2017, 7:30-9:00 A.M. (Breakfast 7:30-8:00 A.M.)

University Student Commons, Virginia Rooms A-D


Developing Early Career Faculty: Teaching, Scholarship and Service

This session will discuss the chair's role in helping junior faculty successfully navigate the challenges as well as facilitate (or utilize) strategies to success. Emphasis is placed on tenure-track faculty.

Nov. 16, 2017, 7:30-9:00 A.M. (Breakfast 7:30-8:00 A.M.)

University Student Commons, Forum Room


Nurturing Faculty Well-being and Wellness

Special guests, Amy Armstrong, Ph.D., Faculty Affairs Fellow and Chair, Department of Rehabilitation Counseling and, Kathy Ingram, Ph.D., Chair, Department of Gender, Sexuality and Women's Studies, will lead a seminar session on thriving in leadership while maintaining work-life balance.

Jan. 31, 2018, 7:30-9:00 A.M. (Breakfast 7:30-8:00 A.M.)

University Student Commons, Richmond Salon III

Click here to RSVP (Please RSVP by 5:00 P.M. on January 29, 2018)


SUBSTITUTED: Developing Mid-Career Faculty: Teaching, Scholarship and Service

In lieu of this session, department/program chairs are encouraged to attend the Finding Joy in Academe at Midcareer workshop on Feb. 16, 2018. Click here to learn more


Updated session:

Strategies to Support and Assess Faculty's Community-Engaged Research and Teaching

This session will discuss the chair's role in helping to build a shared understanding of community-engaged faculty work within the department and to appropriately assess faculty members' community-engaged research and teaching during tenure and promotion reviews. Co-presenters for this session: Catherine Howard, Ph.D., Vice Provost, Division of Community Engagement, Lynn E. Pelco, Ph.D., Associate Vice Provost for Community Engagement and Director, Service-Learning Office, Meghan Gough, Ph.D., Associate Professor and Chair, Urban and Regional Planning/Studies, L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs, and Tracey Gendron, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Department of Gerontology, School of Allied Health Professions. 

Mar. 15, 2018, 7:30-9:00 A.M. (Breakfast 7:30-8:00 A.M.)

University Student Commons, Virginia Rooms A-B

Click here to RSVP (Please RSVP by 5:00 P.M. on March 12, 2018)


Planning for the New Budget Model

Special guests, Gail Hackett, Ph.D., Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs and, Karol Kain Gray, Vice President for Finance and Budget, will discuss the role and responsibilities of academic units in VCU's version of Responsibility Center Management.

Mar. 16, 2018, 7:30-9:00 A.M. (Breakfast 7:30-8:00 A.M.)

University Student Commons, Richmond Salons I-II

Click here to RSVP (Please RSVP by 5:00 P.M. on March 12, 2018)


Growing Leaders Among Faculty and Staff

Special guests, Amy Armstrong, Ph.D., Faculty Affairs Fellow and Chair, Department of Rehabilitation Counseling and Nakeina Douglas-Glenn, Ph.D., Executive Director of The Grace E. Harris Leadership Institute, will lead a discussion on how to develop an inclusive and thriving leadership community within academic units.

Apr. 19, 2018, 7:30-9:00 A.M. (Coffee and tea provided 7:30-8:00 A.M.)

University Student Commons, Commonwealth Ballroom A

Click here to RSVP (Please RSVP by 5:00 P.M. on April 16, 2018)