ADVANCE Chair Development Programming plus Additional Useful Resources for Chairs and Administrators


UNC Charlotte ADVANCE also conducts department chairs sessions, in which more senior and more junior department chairs meet to share ideas and strategies.  In 2011, Dr. Cy Knoblauch, Professor of English, facilitated a discussion on chairs’ roles in establishing effective working relationships with deans. Drs. Nancy Fey-Yensan, Melba Spooner and Bill Hill participated, drawing insights from their respective roles as Dean of the College of Health and Human Services, Associate Dean of the College of Education, and Associate Dean of the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences.  In 2013, the Faculty Ombuds, Bruce Auerbach, facilitated a discussion around civility in the workplace.

On April 9th, 2014, an informational session entitled, "What you need to know about FMLA and other reasons to stop the tenure clock" was hosted by ADVANCE.

Click here to download the information that was discussed.

On January 5th, 2015, a Workshop on Communication was presented to the Chairs. Click here to download a copy of the powerpoint.


Click here to access useful resources for Chairs and Administrators at UNC Charlotte

Click here to access Dealing With Dysfunctional Academic Departments, an article from Inside Higher Ed

Click here to access Becoming a Deparmtent Chair: To Be or Not to Be - if you are on this page, it may be too late for you, but an interseting read nevertheless

Click here to access a number of useful resources out of The University of Iowa about Conflict Management.

Click here to access Email and Conflict: Tips and Resources

Click here to access Enhancing Departmental Climate: A Guide for Deprtment Chairs

Click here to access Communication Skills for Chairs

Click here to access Recognizing Gender Bias in Letters of Recommendation

Click here to access Enhancing Departmental Climate

Click here to access Successful Strategies to Enhance Departmental Climate

Useful Resources for Chairs: A copy of a Bibliography and Resources for Chairs Prepared for UNC System Department Chairs Workshop, Friday Center, Chapel Hill, 26 & 27 January, 2012. Presented by Nancy Gutierrez (UNCC), Timothy Johnston (UNCG), and Alan White (ECU)

Some Additional Book Suggestions for Chairs:

  • Academic Leadership: A Practical Guide to Chairing the Department by Deryl R. Learning
  • The Academic Chair’s Handbook by Daniel W. Wheeler, et al.
  • The Department Chair Primer by Don Chu
  • The Essential Department Chair: A Comprehensive Desk Reference by Jeffrey L. Buller
  • Reframing Academic Leadership by Lee G. Bolman and Joan V. Gallos
  • A Toolkit for Department Chairs by Jeffrey L. Buller and Robert E. Cipriano