Department Chair Institute

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Register by April 15, 2011 to receive the Early Bird Discount price of $725.00 (USD).

After April 15, 2011, registration price for this workshop increases to $1,325.00 USD.

Registration includes three full days of instruction, continental breakfast, lunch, and instructional materials.


Natalie Aisoff 
Company of 
Tel: (702) 228 - 4699 / Fax: (702) 242 - 6182



Wednesday April 27, 2011 at 8:30 AM 
Friday April 29, 2011 at 4:30 PM 

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Department Chair Institute 
1140 N. Town Center Drive
Suite 270
Las Vegas, NV 89144

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"I appreciated the honesty of the fellow Chairs, the stories and the ideas.  I learned self assessment and a plan to implement several ideas.  I believe that I understand myself better and it will help me to be a better administrator."

Laurie Barfitt, Dean of School of Business, Western New Mexico University, Silver City, NM.


"This workshop was Positive, Enthusiastic, Engaging and I’m glad to have attended.  It allowed & enabled me to be a stronger chair and better able to work with other Faculty/Chairs & Administration."

Christopher Maseychik, Welding Technology Department Chair, Eastern Maine Community College, Bangor, ME.


"I appreciated the involvement of the participants.  The most important thing learned was adjunct faculty hiring and the manner in which I understand the styles of faculty members."

Bob Morin, Division Chair, Western Nevada College, Carson City, NV.


"I learned what a department chair must do daily, weekly, monthly, semester, annually.  Implement an action plan.  Improve communication; develop professional abilities, recognize personalities in Higher Ed." 

Robert Smith, Program Manager, Western New Mexico University, Silver City, NM.

         Department Chair Institute: April 27-29 2011    Las Vegas, Nevada

Today's Department Chairs have one of the most conflicting roles on campus as they serve as liaison between administration and faculty. Department Chairs are responsible for curriculum, strategic planning, budget matters, personnel management, and program reviews - yet their position is not one of undisputed authority. Conflict can arise from many stakeholders - making it difficult for the chair to lead, plan, and unite their department.

Many Department Chairs are not prepared for their new role. Transitioning from faculty member to department chair can be challenging and requires learning new skill sets. The Department Chair Institute (DCI) was developed by educators to address the needs of department chairs and first-level administrators.

Department Chair Institute is a short, hands-on, 'nuts and bolts' session that is designed for new or experienced first-level academic leaders. Get the skills and insider information today's Department Chairs need to better manage the services they provide and are accountable for. You'll quickly see the benefits offered by a positive and supportive learning environment that affords you the opportunity to network with experts and peers.

Whether you elected, selected, or appointed to your position or are new or have been in your position for a while, Department Chair Institute quickly provides Chairs and first-level administrators the skills to become confident, efficient, and happy chairs.


Department Chair Institute Format: The three-day Department Chair Institute includes a morning and afternoon session each day; a morning and afternoon break; and one hour for lunch. Workshop format includes case studies, opportunities for practice (real and role plays) mini-lectures, assessment instruments, individual reflection and individual action planning. You also will have Post-Institute access by email, for continued dialogue with other first-line academic leaders.

Three days of Instruction with two outstanding trainer/facilitators in a safe learning environment. Well developed curriculum designed for adult learners. Eligibility for continuing education units.

Day One        Working with People                             Managing Time
                       Leading Change

Day Two        Leading Productive Meetings                Facilitating Group Decisions
                       Managing Conflict

Day Three     Hiring and Evaluating Faculty               Helping Faculty Become More                                     Effective                                               Reviewing and Renewing Programs

Department Chair Institute
Hours: The training sessions will begin promptly at 9 a.m. and end by 4:30 p.m.

Food: Continental breakfast, refreshments at breaks, and lunch is included in the registration fee. If you have special food needs, please email Natalie Aisoff at a minimum of two weeks prior to the training.

Dinner and lodging are not included in the fee.

The Department Chair Institute developed and presented by the Department Chair Institute working with community partners and leaders to provide a cost effective way for new and experienced academic leaders to develop the leadership skills to be effective on the job as well as to network with other academic leaders.

We are pleased to be able to keep our fees low to encourage as many people and organizations as possible to participate in this program.


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Kathy Becker assumed co-ownership, with Jim Pulliam, of Company of in January 2005. Kathy worked in the California community college system for 27 years and served in staff and leadership positions in the library, disabled students and human resources, leaving the system as the first human resources officer for a new, rural college. As a student of the two-year system and as an employee both in the rural and urban college, Kathy was "bitten" early and has a passion for the collaborative learning environment.

Kathy has served as the Chief Human Resources Officer, Staff Development Coordinator, Equal Employment Opportunity Officer, and has had direct responsibility for contract negotiations, sexual harassment training, discrimination investigation, mediation and conflict resolution, discipline and grievance, management training, and leadership development. More> 

jJim Pulliam  retired after thirty-four years of public service in the California community college system and four years in the K-12 system in California. Jim’s professional experience includes serving as a faculty member, dean, provost and founding Superintendent/President of a California Community College District.  Jim has been certified by Company of as an Appreciative Inquiry Facilitator.

As the founding President, Jim established a solid, collaborative environment with the Faculty and staff. Jim was able to build strong relationships in the local community and politicians to fund and organize a new community college in California. Leading a committed administrative, faculty, staff, student and community partnership the college gained funding to begin discussions on building programs, services, partnerships and facilities for the future. More>

Additional Information:

  Travel Arrangements: To minimize travel expenses for participants, we schedule most of these training in the US cities served by one or more low-fare airlines. We recommend that you wait until your training has been confirmed before purchasing non-refundable tickets.

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Airport: Las Vegas McCarran International Airport (LAS). From the airport, Summerlin is approximately 17 miles NW via 215 Beltway. Please note that travel, accomodations, and hotel/airport transportation are not included in the price. You may wish to rent a car. Taxi fare to/from the airport to Summerlin is approximately $60 one way.

Accessible Facilities: We attempt to schedule these trainings in facilities that are accessible for people with disabilities. Please email Natalie for information about the facilities. For information about accessible hotel/motel facilities, please contact the hotel/motel directly.

 To Register: Visit our registration page or email: or call: (702) 228-4699. If you would rather mail or fax your registration, please use our printable registration form

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