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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.

CREATEngagement Toolkit for Improving Department Climate

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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. Beginning in fall 2022, FAN is 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