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.
Schedule of Spring 2019 events
Gender Inclusive LanguageWednesday, February 13, 2019
Noon to 1:00 Room 153, TLPDC
Presenter: Emily Skidmore, Andrea Romi, and Alan Barenberg
In this Chair Academy session, Emily Skidmore, Andrea Romi, and Alan Barenberg will discuss the Gender Inclusive Language Resolution, a joint resolution passed by the Faculty Senate, the Staff Senate, and the Student Government Association. They will discuss goals for gender inclusive language at TTU including the ending of use of gendered language (including freshman, upperclassman, chairman, etc. ) on official TTU publications and websites. As they facilitate communication with the campus regarding these changes and offer guidance on gendered language, they will seek input from participants about how to create the most efficient and effective steps to move forward.
Teaching SpacesThursday, March 7, 2019
Noon to 1:00 Room 153, TLPDC Presenter: Dr. Robert Morgan (Chair, Psychological Sciences) This session will be facilitated by Dr. Robert Morgan (Chair, Psychological Sciences) and members of the Teaching Space subcommittee/TTU Campus Space Allocation Committee. Conversation will focus on how teaching spaces decisions are made, the Raider Room project, and priorities related to classroom spaces. Committee members including colleagues from the Operations Division Planning and Administration will provide a "behind the scenes" look at how space is utilized and analyzed on campus.
The COACHE SurveyThursday, March 21, 2019 Noon to 1:00 Room 153, TLPDC Presenters: Genevieve Durham DeCesaro (Vice Provost for Academic Affairs and Co-chair COACHE Task Force) and Stephanie J. Jones (Associate Professor Higher Education and Co-chair COACHE Task Force).
The Collaboration on Academic Careers in Higher Education (COACHE) Survey
This session will be facilitated by Genevieve Durham DeCesaro (Vice Provost for Academic Affairs and Co-chair COACHE Task Force) and Stephanie J. Jones (Associate Professor Higher Education and Co-chair COACHE Task Force). The session will focus on the primary findings of the COACHE survey that was administered in Spring 2017, and the draft recommendations that are forthcoming to address areas of dissatisfaction identified by TTU faculty. The last part of the session will be dedicated to questions about the survey results and the work of the COACHE Task Force.
The Chair Role in Promotion, Tenure, Mentoring, and EvaluationMonday, April 15, 2019
Noon to 1:00
Room 153, TLPDC
Presenter: Provost Michael Galyean and Vice Provost Rob Stewart
In this Chair Academy session, Provost Galyean and Vice Provost Stewart will examine the chair's role in mentoring and evaluation. This session arises out of feedback shared on the Chair Academy participant survey responding to topics raised such as helping faculty members in light of concerns about successful promotion tenure, new policies related to the third year review process, and the role of engagement as related to tenure and promotion.