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Resources for Chairs

Department Chair Orientation

Held annually, the Chair Orientation is geared towards new and seasoned Chairs, and covers topics such as: how to best transition from the focused, self-driven life of a faculty member to academic leadership; the first days/months/year of your job as department chair; self-preservation strategies; best practices in hiring, dual career hiring, diversity hiring and reaction to offers; providing and receiving faculty feedback, annual reviews, setting up mentoring, post-tenure reviews, the role of the chair in the evaluation process, and preemptive vs. reactive retention.

Office of Sponsored Programs

The Office of Sponsored Programs assists faculty in their pursuit of research funding at government agencies, foundations and other sources. Resources are listed on their website.

Running Effective Committee Meetings

On November 2, 2017, the OFDD sponsored a session on how to run an effective committee meetings featuring the following panelists:  Chris Barrett, Deputy Dean and Dean of Academic Affairs, SC Johnson College of Business; Barbara Knuth, Senior Vice Provost and Dean of the Graduate School; and Charles Van Loan, Dean of Faculty. Notes from the session, including tips for committee chairs, are available here.

For more information, contact or 607-255-6867.

Resources to Support Chairs and Directors of Graduate Studies in Anti-Racism Conversation and Action


Contact Information

Office of Faculty Development and Diversity
122 Day Hall
Ithaca, NY 14853
Ph: 607.255.6867
Fax: 607.255.4672