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Department Head Development Series


Department heads convene monthly over lunch (typically first Wednesday of the month) to consider how to effectively lead an academic unit. Past topics have included evaluating faculty, engaging in philanthropy, strategic planning, and intentional faculty mentoring.



September 1, 2021

Establish an effective and inclusive departmental approach to faculty awards

Facilitators: Heather Wilkinson, Ph.D., Senior Associate Dean of Faculties; Laurie Garton, Ph.D., Senior Research Development Officer,Texas A&M Division of Research
Location: 301 Rudder

Session Handout

October 6, 2021

COVID-19 in the Long Haul: Recognizing the Long-Term Impact of COVID-19 on Faculty Careers

Facilitators: Cynthia Werner, Director of ADVANCE and Professor of Anthropology; Heather Wilkinson, Ph.D., Senior Associate Dean of Faculties and Professor of Plant Pathology and Microbiology
Location: 301 Rudder

Session HandoutTable Topics


November 3, 2021

Center for Teaching Excellence Department and Faculty Support Showcase
Facilitator: Debra Fowler, Ph.D., Director of the Center for Teaching Excellence
Location: ILCB 315

December 1, 2021

Faculty Rules 101: Grievances
Facilitator: Mario Rojo del Busto, Associate Dean of Faculties & Chief of Staff and ISFS Director
Location: 601 Rudder
PowerpointCase Scenarios Handout Mindmap Handout 

February 2, 2022

Building Student-Centered Graduate and Professional Education in Departments and Programs
Facilitator: Dr. Karen Butler-Purry, Associate Provost for Graduate and Professional Studies
Location: Zoom

Powerpoint Participant Feedback 

March 2, 2022

Implementing the Path Forward: A Panel Discussion with Leadership
Panel Members:

Tim Scott, Interim Provost & Executive Vice President
Greg Hartman, Chief Operating Officer & Senior Vice President
Joe Pettibon, Vice President for Enrollment & Academic Services
Location: Rudder 301

May 3, 2022

Leading Change and Planning for Uncertainty in Academic Programs
Guest Facilitator:
Dr. Jose Bowen,  Speaker and Author, Teaching Change