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.
The Chair Academy schedule for Fall 2020 will be updated in September 2020. The TLPDC will contact all department chairs as soon as the schedule is available.
New Faculty Orientation and Faculty OnboardingWednesday, March 25th, 2020
12:00 to 1:00
Room 153, TLPDC Presenters: Dr. Genevieve Durham DeCesaro (Vice Provost for Academic Affairs) and Suzanne Tapp (Executive Director, Teaching, Learning and Professional Development Center) Please join Prof. Genevieve Durham DeCesaro (Vice Provost for Academic Affairs) and Suzanne Tapp (Executive Director, Teaching, Learning and Professional Development Center) for a conversation about New Faculty Orientation and potential changes to our traditional format. We will consider the components of our current orientation, possible changes in strategy, and what our new faculty colleagues need without overburdening them as they begin at the institution. What feedback do chairs have? What onboarding would you like to see for new hires? How can we better support our chairs in ensuring new faculty get the information they need? We look forward to brainstorming together and considering how to meet the needs of new faculty members and their respective departments/colleges.
Improving Difficult Conversations to Facilitate Positive ChangeTuesday, April 14th, 2020 12:00 to 1:00
Room 153, TLPDC Presenters: Tara Stevens, Ed.D., L.S.S.P.
Professor and Faculty Ombudsperson
Educational Psychology and Leadership Increasing standards and changing demands are often at the core of new initiatives and innovation. Thus, such efforts spark a multitude of difficult conversations that relate to topics ranging from performance evaluations to building and lab space. Although not often pleasant and perhaps avoided at times, difficult conversations are often the most important vehicle for individual, departmental, and institutional growth. The goal of this session is to improve the quality of difficult conversations to facilitate positive departmental change. The session will focus on first, exploring the underlying structure of difficult conversations; second, identifying related errors; and finally, developing revised responses.