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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.

March 8, 2023 Noon to 1:30 pm

Conflict Navigation Skills Every Leader Needs

In this workshop you will learn:
-Your preferred conflict style and how that style impacts you and others in conflict.
-Listening skills that are both important in leadership and crucial for deescalating and navigating conflict
-Stanford University Ombuds office conflict resolution services.

The workshop will be interactive, with opportunities to engage with your colleagues and further hone your conflict navigation skills. 
This workshop is presented by Stanford University Ombuds Brenda Berlin and is sponsored by OFDDE. A light lunch will be provided.
Please contact for more information.  Register here.

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