Death by Meetings, a book title, might also be offered by faculty as a description of their academic lives. Unfocused, unproductive, and unruly meetings create stress, lower morale, waste time, and are generally a source of major frustration. Eliminating meetings from the academy, however, seems unlikely. More likely is putting into use one of four fairly simple strategies. These approaches have the potential to turn meetings into useful gatherings for effective decision making and advancing the priorities of a department.