Texas Tech University

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 Fall 2018 events

Building Community After Disruption

Thursday, September 27, 2018
Noon to 1:00
Room 153, TLPDC
Presenter: Dr. Carol A. Sumner, Vice President for Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion

In this session of the Chair Academy, Dr. Carol Sumner, Vice President for Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion, will address the how we build community after experiencing challenges or disruptions that impact particular members of the community. Dr. Sumner how she is working through the DDEI to create a multifaceted approach to facilitate our institutional commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion. She will also interact with the audience to consider appropriate responses and preventative strategies for situations that could arise in departments and classes.

Open Forum Discussion

Thursday, October 11, 2018
Noon to 1:00
Room 153, TLPDC
Join Senior Vice Provost Rob Stewart as he discusses definitions of work load policies for faculty including work day hours, work week hours, work in the evening and online, off duty/off contract definitions, and so on. Dr. Stewart will also address conflict of interest policies for faculty. A survey will be sent to department chairs prior to this session to gather additional questions for Dr. Stewart to guide this informal discussion and Q&A.

Addressing Academic Integrity

Wednesday, November 7, 2018
Noon to 1:00
Room 153, TLPDC
Presenters: Dr. Cathy Duran, Associate Vice Provost, and Mairead Kiernan, Associate Director of the Office of Student Conduct

In this Chair Academy session, Associate Vice Provost, Dr. Cathy Duran and Mairead Kiernan, Associate Director of the Office of Student Conduct, will talk about academic integrity challenges. Do we have a cheating problem on our campus? What might motivate students to participate in academic dishonesty, and how can we change this dynamic or handle it if it occurs. Dr. Duran and Ms. Kiernan will discuss campus resources and answer questions from participants to consider processes and best practices.


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