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The Office of the Provost is launching Department Heads Forum, a new series of workshops and discussions for both recently appointed and the long-standing department heads.

Here are the fall dates and topics:

September 24, 3: 15-4:45 p.m.: New Normal: Meeting Expectations — Facilitated by Bill Dunne, associate dean in the College of Engineering; Bruce MacLennan, president of the Faculty Senate; Brent Mallinckrodt, associate dean in the College of Arts and Sciences; and Lane Morris, associate dean in the Haslam College of Business. These four colleagues were last year’s SEC Academic Leadership Development Program Fellows. They developed the workshop as part of their activities during the fellowship year.

The goal of the workshop is to assist department heads with implementing the new rating rubrics in annual faculty performance review with particular focus on the role of “meets expectations” in the new rubric. Please bring a copy of your unit’s performance expectations to the workshop.

October 14: Conflict Management Skills

November 23: Using Academic Unit Statistics and Other Data to Understand and Advocate for Your Department

February 10: An open discussion with Provost Susan Martin; Hallam Business Building West Wing Room 440.

March 9: Topic TBD

April 14: Topic TBD

With the exception of the September 24 meeting which will be 3:15-4:45 p.m., all meetings are from 3:00-4:30 p.m. and will be in the West Wing of Haslam Business Building.

Please send suggestions for future topics to John Zomchick, vice provost for faculty affairs.