web conference call

Offered ONLINE from September 24 to October 29, 2021

This workshop will include six one-hour synchronous sessions plus approximately six additional unscheduled hours for self-study and reflection via UM Learn.

Fees: $695 plus GST

2021 schedule
Sept. 24 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. CST
Oct. 1 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. CST
Oct. 8 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. CST
Oct. 15 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. CST
Oct. 22 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. CST
Oct. 29 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. CST

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.

Delivery methods

Due to COVID-19, Heads and Chairs is currently delivered online. This delivery mode will be continued through 2021-2022. The workshop will include interactive synchronous sessions, group work, content videos and online discussions, all contextualized within the current situation including the Fall 2021 transition back to increased on-campus learning.

About Heads and Chairs 2021

Key topic areas

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

Participant time commitment

Approximately 12 hours

How you will spend your time during the course

  • Three hours for self-study (video content review)
  • Four and a half hours for live synchronous sessions
  • Four and a half hours for applied learning including online discussions, assignments and more

How you will spend your time each week

  • One hour for self-study (video content review)
  • One and a half hours for live synchronous classes on Monday and Friday of each week at 3 p.m. EST. All synchronous sessions will be recorded and archived for viewing by participants who may miss a session.
  • One and a half hours for applied learning including online discussions, assignments and more
  • 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. 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

    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. He was previously 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, and currently sits on the university Senate. Jonathan’s 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.

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