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This page provides resources for professional development of department chairs, academic leaders and those interested in learning more about these roles.  In addition, resources are provided to assist leaders in working with their departments and units.

Quarterly Department Chair Briefings

Department chairs receive invitations from OFDDE to participate in quarterly briefings hosted by the provost. Please contact our office at for additional information.

Photos of John L. Jackson Jr. and Erika James, UPenn
Tuesday, January 23, 2024, 9 am - 10 am PT / Faculty Advancement Network

The Prepared Faculty Leader: A Conversation with UPenn's John Jackson and Erika James

This session features University of Pennsylvania Provost John L. Jackson, Jr. in conversation with Erika H. James, Dean of the Wharton School, about advice for faculty in leadership roles. Building on Dean James’ recent book (co-authored with Lynn Perry Wooten, President of Simmons University), The Prepared Leader: Emerge from Any Crisis More Resilient Than Before (Wharton School Press), the session will offer tools and frameworks that faculty leaders can use to address, and learn from, crises.

This workshop is available for free to Stanford faculty members through the Faculty Advancement Network (FAN).
Click here for more information and to RSVP for this workshop. 

Modules in Canvas

Equity-Minded Leadership

A new Canvas site has been developed in collaboration with the Faculty Advancement Network (FAN) Leadership Institute. Here you may access videos, research articles and tools developed by some of the foremost scholars conducting research on higher education today.  Topics include:

Introduction to Equity-Minded Leadership
Faculty service and workload
Graduate Education
Climate and Culture

Modules are made available as soon as possible following release by the FAN Leadership Institute. If you have any questions about these materials, please contact

CREATEngagement Toolkit for Improving Department Climate

This guide provides an overview of five characteristics of an engaging faculty climate.  A checklist and assessment tool are provided to help evaluate strengths and challenges in a unit's climate, in order to plan for improvement. 

Learn more about the CREATEngagement Toolkit.

Faculty Advancement Network

The Faculty Advancement Network is a consortium of Ivy+ universities collaborating to advance diversity and inclusion in the American professoriate    Since 2020, FAN has hosted a number of Inclusive Leadership Workshops, open to all consortium members. In Fall 2022, FAN began hosting the Institute on Inquiry, Equity and Leadership in the Academic DepartmentMember institutions may nominate up to 5 department chairs or other senior academic leaders as Fellows to this institute. More information