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Chair Academy

The TLPDC coordinates a series of professional development activities called the Chair Academy aimed specifically at department chairs. The Chair Academy programming is primarily based on suggestions or topics of interest identified by TTU department chairs. If you would like to suggest a topic, please contact Suzanne Tapp or another steering committee member.

Books, Articles & Papers for Department Chairs - List of Resources 

Schedule of Spring 2018 events

Creating New Learning Spaces: A Case Studies from the Physics Department

Tuesday, February 20, 2018
Noon to 1:00
Room 153, TLPDC
Presenter: Dr. Nural Akchurin and Dr. Beth Thacker

What does it take to convert, update or refresh a space in your department to a new learning space? Please join Dr. Nural Akchurin (Chair) and Dr. Beth Thacker (Associate Chair) of the Texas Tech Physics department as they describe changes made to an outdated lab space resulting in a new active learning and collaborative space for teaching and learning.

Understanding the Centrality of Engagement in Teaching, Research, and Scholarship at Texas Tech

Wednesday, March 28, 2018
Noon to 1:00
Room 153, TLPDC
Presenter: Dr. Hiram (Hi) Fitzgerald, Associate Provost for University Outreach and Engagement; University Distinguished Professor, Department of Psychology; Michigan State University

Michigan State University (MSU) has been a national leader in University Outreach and Engagement for almost two decades now. Dr. Hi Fitzgerald will explain the theory and practice of community engagement at MSU and universities in general. He will share the core principles behind engagement in higher education and discuss its strategic value for academic departments and institutions as a whole. He will further highlight the significant impacts that engagement can have on teaching and learning, research activities, and faculty scholarship. Lastly, Hi will discuss ways of incorporating faculty engagement into departmental reward structures, and tenure and promotion decisions.

Conversations with the Provost and the VPR

Monday, April 9, 2018
Noon to 1:00
Room 153, TLPDC
Presenters: Provost Michael Galyean and Vice President for Research, Joseph Heppert

In this session, Provost Galyean and Vice President for Research, Dr. Joe Heppert, will answer questions posed by chairs. Topics for this open-forum discussion will be initiated through an online survey a few weeks prior to the session and also taken from previous questions submitted in January including topics such as the 9 vs. 12 month appointment and work load. We look forward to informal and interesting conversations!


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