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Academic Chairs and Directors Leadership

The Office of Academic Affairs will sponsor an Academic Leadership Development Series for department chairs and directors from academic units. The Series of four sessions will help you successfully lead specific initiatives identified as crucial to your department’s success.  Simultaneously, the sessions will focus on specific leadership competencies necessary for helping you, and your unit, achieve success more generally.

Why should you attend:

  • Specific, timely, and relevant information that you need to be successful;
  • The opportunity to get relevant work done within the sessions;
  • An opportunity to influence and/or participate in University decision-making;
  • The exchange of fresh ideas and differing perspectives on important topics;
  • The opportunity to learn from your colleagues;
  • Knowledge, skills, and dispositions necessary to empower you as a leader;
  • An awareness of leadership competencies that will help you bring your colleagues with you as you move your department, school/college, and University forward; and
  • Confidence to provide the leadership necessary for your department’s success.

2014-15 Academic Chairs and Directors Leadership Development Series:

"Leading Campus-wide Strategic Planning from the Center"

President Wiewel and Provost Andrews will lead the session with the assistance of Vice President Lois Davis, Strategic Planning Project Manager, Kari St. Peters, and Strategic Planning Consultants Caraggio Group.

It is critical that Portland State's Strategic Plan will be the result of the diverse points of view by broad-based constituency (students; staff; faculty; administrative leadership; alumni; civic and business leadership; education partners; and parents). You, as department chairs/directors, are key to making the process transparent, positive and collaborative. Your department will be counting on you to be fully engaged, to share with them the structure of the process and keep them informed. These sessions are designed to do just that.

October 20, 2014, 9-noon                                                                                                                                         Session One: Engagement

Session Goals: 

  • Explain the University’s process for strategic planning to your faculty colleagues.
  • Provide input into the questions our strategic plan should answer.
  • Consider the format for engaging colleagues in the process.
  • Help colleagues understand how University planning, unit plans, and other efforts (Strategic Enrollment Management, Performance-Based Budgeting, Academic Program Prioritization, etc.) align.

Agenda for session one

Session One PPT Presentation

January 12, 2015, 9-noon                                                                                                                                         Session Two: Strategic Input

Session Goals:

  • Clarify the role of Department Chairs and Directors in strategic planning process.
  • Share and compare insights about PSU's organizational values and PSU's unique and sustainable value, and to whom that value is delivered.
  • Indentify and describe leadership competencies integral to the process. These include:
    • communicating inspirationally;
    • promoting innovation and creativity;
    • building relationships;
    • setting high standards for performace; 
    • developing self and others;
    • managin by fact; and 
    • focusing on "customers".


Strategic Planning Newsletter

Leadership Framework

PSU Framework: Elements to Strategic Planning

Strategic Planning Topic Teams

Strategic Plan Development Team (SPDT)


March 9, 2015, 9-noon                                                                                                                                             Session Three

May 6, 2015, 9-noon                                                                                                                                                 Session Four

For more information, contact Patricia Williams at, 503-725-5352

2013 - 2014 Academic Chairs and Directors Leadership Development Series

2012 - 2013 Chairs and Directors Leadership Meetings