Annual Department Chairs' Workshop

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the AHA has postponed the 2020 Department Chairs' Workshop. The workshop has been rescheduled for July 19-20, 2021 in Chicago, IL.

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

From  July 19-20, 2021, the AHA will offer our third 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. 

New in 2021: the AHA will offer a breakout session devoted to issues for new department chairs at the third annual Department Chairs' Workshop.

Location and Time

Check in at the Aloft Chicago Mag Mile (243 E. Ontario St.) on the evening of Sunday, July 18, 2021. The workshop will run from the morning of Monday, July 19, through the afternoon of Tuesday, July 20. All meetings will be hosted in the offices of the American Bar Foundation (420 E. Superior St., Chicago, IL 60611).


Registration is not yet open, but you can complete the 2021 Chairs' Workshop Interest Form to sign up for workshop updates and registration information when it becomes available. Workshop registration will open this fall. Preference will be given to those registered for the 2020 workshop.


AHA institutional members: $1,050
AHA institutional nonmembers: $1,375

Fees include:

  • Registration for all workshop events
  • Two nights' accommodation (July 18 and 19) at Aloft Hotel Mag Mile (243 East Ontario Street, Chicago, Illinois, 60611). Extra nights may be added at the AHA's group rate, based on availability. Contact Megan Connor for more details.
  • An all-participants' workshop dinner on Monday, July 19
  • Onsite lunch and breakfast for each day of the gathering

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

Any questions about the workshop can be directed to Megan Connor at

To get a better sense of plenary topics and breakout discussions at past workshops, check out these resources: