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Heads and Chairs

Leading Academic Departments

Dates: June 14 to June 30, 2021
Limited to 20 participants per session
Commitment: Each live session will be one hour requiring a total of six hours synchronous time with an additional six hours for self-study and reflection via UM Learn. Synchronous sessions will take place Monday and Wednesday from 2 to 3 pm CDT on June 14, 16, 21, 23, 28, and 30.
Fee: $695 plus GST
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Responding to Challenges in Academic Leadership

The 2020 global pandemic has created an unprecedented time for all in higher education. Professional development for department chairs has never been more important. Department heads and chairs, uniquely situated between senior management and faculty, play critical roles in building and sustaining a healthy collegial unit. Leading an academic department in a university or college is particularly challenging during these uncertain times. Faculty members must be prepared.

This 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, it draws upon both the literature and practice of academic leadership delivered in a highly interactive format. Join department leaders from universities across Canada for an exceptional learning and networking opportunity.

Spring Heads and Chairs June 14 to 30, 2021

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Heads and Chairs: Leading Academic Departments has moved to a virtual environment. This offering provides new and continuing department heads and chairs with an opportunity to learn and network with department chairs from across Canada over a three week period. This workshop will include interactive synchronous sessions, group work, content videos, and online discussions, all contextualized within the current situation. 


Loleen Berdahl, Facilitator

Loleen is Professor of Political Studies at the University of Saskatchewan and executive director of the Johnson Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy. Prior to taking on this new position Loleen served as department head from 2016 to 2020, during which time she led her department through significant renewal and revitalization. Across the university Loleen has played an active role in university and college committees pertaining to collegial processes, resource management, faculty relations, curriculum, and governance.

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Jonathan Malloy, Facilitator

Jonathan is Professor of Political Science at Carleton University where he holds the Bell Chair in Canadian Parliamentary Democracy. He served as Chair of the Department of Political Science from 2012 to 2018 and now sits on his university’s Board of Governors and Senate Quality Assurance and Planning Committee.

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