The TLPDC coordinates a series of professional development activities called the Chair Academy aimed specifically at department chairs. The Chair Academy steering committee includes the following individuals: Steve Fraze, Sharran Parkinson, Mark Charney, Lou Densmore, Patrick Hughes, Jodie Billingsley and Suzanne Tapp. The committee has identified topics of interest such as Understanding the Faculty Role in the Strategic Plan, External Funding and Increased Funding Expectations, Faculty Assessment and Annual Reviews, Teaching and Service Expectations, and Understanding and Quantifying Creative Research. If you would like to suggest a topic, please contact Suzanne Tapp or another steering committee member.
Schedule of Spring 2016 events
Leading Difficult SituationsFriday, February 26th
Presenter: Michael Gaylean
Conflict can appear with varying degrees of intensity or hostility, but if ignored or managed ineffectively, it can slow or jeopardize an institution's success. Chairs and deans, who have leadership responsibilities to both administrators and faculty, often find a significant portion of their jobs devoted to conflict management. Their leadership success depends on their ability to effectively manage a variety of conflict-laden situations, and negotiate people's varying needs and personalities (Higgerson, M.L., "Effective Leadership Communication: A Guide for Department Chairs and Deans for Managing Difficult Situations and People). Join Dean Galyean as he facilitates case scenarios involving mid-career tenured faculty members, difficult situations with untenured faculty members, and other scenarios department chairs may encounter. Participants will be given the opportunity to submit questions to the presenter prior to the session and are encouraged to participate actively in this discussion-based format.
Time Management Strategies for Department ChairsTuesday, March 22nd
Presenters: Angela Lumpkin and Mark Charney
If you've ever asked yourself, "Where does my time go?", you're probably not alone! How does a department chair manage administrative responsibilities without ignoring research and teaching demands? Join us as this experienced group of department chairs share their practical and honest strategies for time management. Participants will be given the opportunity to submit questions to the presenters prior to the session and are encouraged to participate actively in this discussion-based format.
Growing Your Online Programs and CoursesWednesday, April 13th
Presenters: Justin Louder and Melanie Hart
The quality and availability of distance learning alternatives at Texas Tech continues to grow and expand, and our strategic plan emphasizes the need for continued growth in this area. Please join a discussion with Dr. Melanie Hart (Provost's Office) and Dr. Justin Louder (TTU Worldwide eLearning) as they discuss strategies and resources to help your department grow your online programs and maintain quality online teaching. Participants will be given the opportunity to submit questions to the presenters prior to the session and are encouraged to participate actively in this discussion-based format.