Annual Department Chairs' Workshop

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

From  July 20-21, 2020, 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 2020: 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 19. The workshop will run from the morning of Monday, July 20, through the afternoon of Tuesday, July 21. 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 30 participants to ensure quality discussion. Registration is now open on a first-come, first-served basis at Select "Register for Chairs' Workshop" under Events. 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. Payments must be made in full by June 1, 2020. Refunds will not be processed after June 26, 2020. 


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

Fees include:

  • Registration for all workshop events
  • Two nights' accommodation (July 19 and 20) 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 20
  • 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: