First Annual Department Chairs' Workshop

Are you facing the professional challenge of serving as department chair?

From June 26–28, 2018, the AHA will offer our first annual Chairs’ Workshop in Chicago. Experienced chairs will lead sessions and host collaborative breakout conversations addressing a wide range of issues specific to chairing in our discipline and across a variety of institutional contexts. We will discuss broad leadership issues; strategies for balancing workloads in teaching, research, and administration; and take up issues of curricular innovation, enrollment, and assessment.

The workshop will feature plenaries on diversity and gender equity, as well as on navigating your professional identity while mapping career pathways to and from the role of chair.

We will customize breakout session programming according to participant feedback gathered during the registration process (see below). Possible topics include (but are not limited to):

  • Cross-Disciplinary Initiatives
  • Alumni and Parent Relations
  • Raising Your Department’s Profile
  • Career Development for Contingent Faculty
  • Chairing and Personnel Review
  • Recruitment
  • Fundraising

Location and Time

Check in at the hotel in the evening of Tuesday, June 26. The workshop will run from the morning of Wednesday, June 27, through the afternoon of Thursday, June 28. All meetings will be hosted in the offices of the American Bar Foundation (420 E. Superior St., Chicago, IL 60611).


We can accept a maximum of 40 participants for our inaugural meeting. Registration is now open on a first-come, first-served basis at Registrants will have the option of securing their place in the workshop by making full or half payment at that time. A limited number of spaces will be available for deferred payment of registration fees, since we are aware of the different ways in which institutional budgets work. Refunds will not be processed after May 1, 2018.


AHA institutional members: $975
AHA institutional nonmembers: $1275

Fees include:

  • Registration for all workshop events
  • Two nights’ accommodation (June 26 and 27) at Cambria Hotel & Suites (166 E. Superior St., Chicago, IL 60611)
  • An all-participants’ workshop dinner near Magnificent Mile on June 27
  • Onsite lunch and breakfast for each day of the gathering

* Travel expenses to and from the workshop are the responsibility of participants.

Confirmed Facilitators

William Kerrigan (Muskingum University)
Liz Lehfeldt (Cleveland State University)
Jeffrey McClurken (University of Mary Washington)
Katrin Schultheiss (George Washington University)
James H. Sweet (University of Wisconsin-Madison)