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Heads & Chairs: Leading Academic Departments

Program Description

Leading an academic department in a university is one of the most challenging, yet crucial, roles in higher education. It is also one of the most difficult positions to fill within an institution. Uniquely positioned between senior management and faculty, departmental chairs are responsible for a growing portfolio. Along with being the voice of a department and dealing effectively with faculty, staff and students, department chairs are involved in new budget models, enrolment management and in some cases fund raising.

Heads and chairs remain the best positioned to set the departmental tone, build and sustain a healthy and collegial unit and move departments in new directions.  Along with opportunities are challenges, and department leaders must exhibit both leadership and management and be able to deal with conflict both within and beyond the unit.

This two and a half day workshop provides you with foundational knowledge and skills to develop and enhance your academic leadership at the departmental level. Led by a team of experienced academic administrators, the workshop draws upon both the literature and practice of academic leadership presented in a highly interactive setting. Join department leaders from across Canadian universities for an exceptional learning and networking opportunity.


Dr. Maureen Mancuso

Maureen Mancuso has spent over 25 years in higher education in Canada. She brings a range of experience having been a professor, a department chair, an associate vice-provost and most recently the Provost at University of Guelph. A political scientist she has a strong commitment to teaching in higher education, is a recipient of the 3M Teaching Award and recently served as President of Teaching and Learning Canada. In addition to facilitating Leading Academic Departments Maureen is also a member of the Senior University Administrators Course instructional team.

Dr. Alan Harrison

Alan Harrison is an experienced academic administrator having served as provost at three Canadian universities, most recently completing a term as Provost and Vice-Principal at Queens University in summer 2016. Prior to these senior administrative roles he held positions as both a dean and department head. Currently Alan serves as the Interim Executive Director, Quality Assurance, at the Council of Ontario Universities (COU).

Who is the Program for?

Department Chairs in Universities and Colleges


The program starts Thursday, March 8, 2018 at 5:00 p.m. and concludes at 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 10, 2018


Holiday Inn Yorkdale
3450 Dufferin St.
Toronto, ON  M6A 2V1

For Reservations:
Call: 1-866-568-0046
Or to book online follow this link: Centre for Higher Education Research and Development
(reservations are due by February 22, 2018)


$1950 (incl. breakfast and lunch)

Register for the Workshop Online