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Heads and Chairs – Spring 2024

Offered online from June 17 to June 21, 2024

This five-day intensive workshop will include five one-hour synchronous sessions plus approximately five additional unscheduled hours for self-study and reflection in UM Learn.

Fees: $900 plus GST.
Pricing subject to change without notice.

Participant time commitment

  • Approximately 10 hours including self-study and reflection.

Key topic areas

  • Role of the department chair
  • Assessing yourself as chair
  • Leadership tools for department chairs
  • Budget roles and responsibilities 
  • Promoting collegiality and managing conflict
  • Working effectively with faculty, staff and contract instructors
  • Assessing opportunities in the current environment
  • Formulating plans and managing your chairship and yourself

Course description

Heads and Chairs 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 and presents it to you in a highly interactive setting. Join department leaders from universities across Canada for an exceptional learning and networking opportunity. 

This offering provides an opportunity for both new and returning chairs to learn and network within a pan-Canadian environment, with two very experienced facilitators who have both served as department chairs in their respective institutions.

Literature indicates that less than half of new department heads receive any professional development prior to taking on their key and challenging role. Professional development for department chairs has never been more important. Department heads and chairs, uniquely situated between senior management and faculty, continue to play critical roles in building and sustaining a healthy collegial unit within this new environment.

Delivery methods

Based on feedback Heads and Chairs will continue in the online format. The workshop will include interactive synchronous sessions, group work, content videos and online discussions, all contextualized within the current higher education environment.


Jonathan Malloy

Jonathan Malloy, Facilitator

Jonathan Malloy is Associate Dean (Research and International) in the Faculty of Public Affairs at Carleton University, where he also holds the Bell Chair in Canadian Parliamentary Democracy and currently sits on the university senate. Previously, Jonathan was chair of Carleton’s Department of Political Science from 2012 to 2018 and a member of the university Board of Governors from 2018 to 2021. His most recent books are The Politics of Ontario (co-edited with Cheryl Collier) and, Work Your Career: Get What You Want From Your Social Sciences or Humanities PhD,  with Loleen Berdahl, He is active in the Canadian Political Science Association, where his most recent project was organizing the 2021 annual conference entirely online.

Loleen Berdahl

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. Previously, 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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