Department Chair Training

UTSA offers training for department chairs to help them get up to speed on university policies and procedures and to equip them with knowledge and tools to effectively manage and guide their departments toward greater success.

2018-2019 Training for New Chairs:

The following two-session training is required for all new and recently reappointed department chairs.

August 31, 2018 | 8:30 a.m. - 1:40 p.m. | Faculty Center Conference Room, JPL 4.04.12C

September 7, 2018 | 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. | Faculty Center Conference Room, JPL 4.04.12C

Department Chair Training Presentations

The documents below were presented at the 2017-2018 Department Chair training sessions:

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Relevant Articles


Look before you leap: Transitions from Faculty to Administration

Transitions: From Faculty Member to Department Chair

Why be a Department Chair?

Being a Department Chair

Constructing the Role of the Department Chair

Roles and Responsibilities of Department Chairs

Chronicle of Higher Education - Open Letter to New Department Chairs

Chronicle of Higher Education - Advice to a New Department Chair

Chronicle of Higher Education – What New Department Chairs need to know

The Secrets of Successful Chairs

Bending the Roles: Flexibility as a Department Chair

New Chair, Old Department: The Good, Bad, and Ugly

Understanding the Challenges of Department Chairs

The Challenge of Evaluating Faculty Colleagues

Next in Line to Be Fund Raisers: Department Chairs

Leading and Creating an Effective and Healthy Department

A Chair’s Role in Enhancing a Department Climate

Advice for Department Chairs: Six Steps for Building a Healthy Department

Getting Them to Trust You

Leading From the Middle


An Introduction to Budgetary Oversight for New Department Chairs

Preparing the Department Budget

Tips for Managing the Department Budget


Balancing the Budget: Individual Faculty Development Accounts

Dealing with Conflict

Managing Conflict

You’ve got Conflict: E-mail and Conflict Management

Miscellaneous Articles for Department Chairs

The Academic Leader as Conductor

Leading Change

Leadership in Place

The Emerging Role of the Department Chair in Development: Creating a Development Plan

Strategies for Tough Times: Planning, Acquiring Resources, Reorganizing, and Maintaining Morale

Good Practice in Tenure Evaluation

Developing an Organizational Culture and Infrastructure for Administrative Evaluation and Feedback

Time Management for more Effective Results