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Tips for Department Chairs on Navigating Academic Departmental Relationships

This Magna Online Seminar is for aspiring, new, and experienced academic chairs who desire a meaningful and productive working relationship with their deans and seek guidance in navigating the bureaucracy and politics of their institutions. You’ll receive insight about how to develop this important relationship to benefit and advance your department.

Teachers of different diversities work together in their department

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What are the learning goals?

Upon completion of this seminar, you’ll be able to:

  • Describe the dean’s environment
  • Further understand the academic bureaucracy in your institution
  • Realize your dean’s perspective and agenda
  • Develop strategies to increase their dean’s support for the department

Who should attend?

  • Department chairs
  • Department program heads
  • Deans
  • Associate and assistant deans

Why you don’t want to miss this!

While chairs may understand the faculty’s world, typically they are unfamiliar with the dean’s environment.  Through this 60-minute online seminar, chairs will gain understanding for their dean, the dean’s political environment, and agenda. As a result, chairs will be better positioned to gain the support of their dean by planning programs and initiatives that advance their departments, as well as their dean’s agenda. Learn strategies and awareness of the institution’s bureaucratic management and how to navigate both to get the support their departments need.

What’s included?

Your seminar registration includes the following:

  • On-demand access
  • Downloadable PowerPoint presentations from the speaker
  • Written transcript
  • Supplemental materials
  • 100% satisfaction guarantee

There is no limit to how many times the seminar is accessed while available on-demand.

Additional Detail

The most important person in the chair’s professional universe is the dean.  The dean’s office provides access to the resources, data, and guidance necessary for the welfare of academic departments.

What do chairs need to know about deans so that they can maximize the benefits of their relationship? How can the dean navigate the bureaucratic management systems through which many colleges and universities are managed?

Don Chu, both a former chair and dean, provides guidance needed by academic managers to better understand the position of department and college leaders, and how they may work together to further their academic missions.

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Product Code: OC20JD

Campus Access License

With the purchase of the optional Campus Access License, registrants are granted a license to download the program contents to a password-protected network, server, or website for additional staff use. You will receive information on downloading the contents of the program within 3-5 business days after payment has been received by Magna.

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Teachers of different diversities work together in their department

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*On-demand access begins on date of purchase.

If you are not completely satisfied with your purchase, you may cancel the order within 30 days of purchase and receive a full refund.

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