Institute for Academic Leadership

The Institute for Academic Leadership, hosted by Florida State University, conducts workshops to enhance the planning, management, and leadership competencies of department chairpersons, deans, and academic administrators of the State University System of Florida.

Florida’s Resource for Academic Chairs and Administrators in the State University System

State University System of Florida, Department Chairs Workshop. Mission Inn, Howie-in-the-Hills.

The chairs workshop is a two-session series—one session in the fall and the other in the spring. Each session has a different set of topics. The workshop is designed to be interactive and participative, rather than a lecture/listen format. Each topic to be discussed has an assigned reading period followed by small group discussion.

The purpose of these workshops is to support the development of the chair as an academic leader within the department and within the institution as a whole. The workshop is designed to stimulate discussion and enable interaction among chairs and provide an opportunity to discuss rules and procedures, legal issues, common frustrations, and many other topics of general interest.

Topics to be Covered 

  • Faculty Evaluation and Performance Counseling
  • Academic Maps
  • Legal Issues Facing Chairs
  • Delegating and Using Committees
  • Faculty Assignments

  • Spring
  • Chair as Leader
  • Conflict Resolution and Management
  • Departmental Budgeting
  • Teaching Effectiveness
  • Departmental Missions, Goals, and Assessment

Workshop Dates
Fall:                                         Spring:
October 4–7, 2015                 June 14–17, 2015
October 2–5, 2016                 May 22–25, 2016
October 1–4, 2017                 June 4–7, 2017


The chairs workshops will be held at the Mission Inn, Howey-in-the-Hills, Florida. Past workshops have been held here and attendees have given us positive feedback about the hotel. For a look at the amenities, visit the Mission Inn website. For information regarding the workshops, contact Anne Blankenship at (850) 443-6458, or Larry Abele, Director, at (850) 591-0358,

Workshop Attendees Since 2009

Past Workshops

Fall 2015

Academic Maps • Being a Chair • Approaches to Faculty Assignments • Faculty Evaluation and Performance Counseling • SUS Performance Funding. See Agenda


Faculty Evaluation and Performance Counseling
by Gwendolyn Singleton | slides
SUS Performance Funding
by Joe Glover | slides
Being a Chair: An Experienced Chair's Perspective
by Barbara Ridener | slides
Some Approaches to Faculty Assignments
by Larry Abele | slides
Academic Maps
by Larry Abele | slides

Spring 2015

Academic Leadership • Departmental Missions, Goals, and Assessment; • Teaching Effectiveness • Conflict Resolution and Maintaining Morale • Departmental Budgeting. See Agenda


A History of Higher Education
by Randy Hanna | slides
This presentation examines public higher education in Florida, including the structure of the State University System and legislative action regarding university issues.
Academic Leadership
by Barbara Ridener | slides
Leadership style, seeing the big picture, leading by example, communication, and relationships are highlighted in this look at leadership.
Missions, Goals, and Assessment
by Jeffrey Moore | slides
This presentation reviews the purpose, design, and implementation of program assessment and highlights common misconceptions associated with assessment.
Conflict Resolution
by Patricia Price | slides
Defining and identifying types of conflict and recognizing different approaches to conflict situations are among the objectives of this presentation.
Departmental Conflict
by Carolyn Henne | slides
This discussion offers approaches for dealing with different types of conflict within a department, along with maintaining faculty morale.
Teaching Effectiveness
by Lawrence G. Abele | slides
This look at teaching explains the course syllabus, eight factors of effective teaching, the assessment of learning, and the validity of student evaluations.

Fall 2014

Dealing with Deans • Faculty Evaluation and Performance Counseling • Legal Implications of Being a Chair • Delegating and Using Committees • Evaluating the Chair. See Agenda


Federal Rating System
by Lawrence G. Abele | slides
This look at college affordabilty reviews measures of the federal rating system: paying for performance, promoting innovation and competition, and ensuring the affordability of student debt.
Faculty Evaluation and Performance Counseling
by Barbara Ridener | slides
The why, what, and how of evaluating faculty, as well as the challenges of counseling unsatisfactory performance, get a closer look in this presentation.
Managing (ir)Rational Behavior
by Robert F. Kenny | slides
This presentation focuses on case studies in managerial psychology, including a discussion of perception and the effect of expectations.


Effective Fiscal Management
by Johnny Pherigo | slides
Financial management principles are covered, including account types such as educational and general, foundation, contracts and grants, student fees, and auxiliary/agency.
Turning Administrative Chores into a Lucrative Career
by Jaap Vos | slides
Guidelines for success as a department chair, such as being a good listener, thinking about trends, and preparing for change, are provided.
A Brief Look at Finances
by Lawrence G. Abele | slides
This financial overview covers the two sources of funding—general revenue and tuition and fees—and also presents a timeline for submission of the SUS legislative budget request.
Departmental Budgeting and Assessment
by Glenn Cunningham | slides
Fiscal management, budget planning, database procedures, and the role of staff are described in this review of departmental budgeting, annual reports, and outcome assessment.
Distance and Electronic Education
by Joseph Glover | slides
State-funded and self-funded policies of distance and electronic platform education are detailed in this presentation.
Essential Department Chair
by Jeffrey Buller | slides
The concept of positive academic leadership, alternatives to common administrative practices, and the development of leadership strategies are explored.
Lessons Gleaned from Howey
by Jaap Vos | slides
This overview details the requirements of a good chair, including knowledge of the departmental unit, understanding of external factors, and leadership skills.
Strategies for Success
by Lawrence G. Abele | slides
Key strategies for the success of a chair include integrity, trust, and openness; belief in the university; creation of the environment; and knowledge of the department.
Written Evaluations
by Catherine Longstreth | slides
The purpose of the written evaluation is to assess performance and this look at the evaluation process provides suggestions for preparing the draft and final letter.
A Time for Everything
by James Gray | slides
This department chair’s survival guide offers insights on topics ranging from time management to student, faculty, and dean expectations.
Delegation and Using Committees
by Glenn Cunningham | slides
How a chair can maximize effectiveness through efficient delegation and thoughtful committee assignments is described in this presentation.
Faculty Evaluation
by Kay Pasley | slides
This presentation reviews the why, what, and how of faculty evaluations, with an emphasis on developing a plan for remedying deficiencies and building strengths.

Case Studies

Academic Legal Case Studies
These legal case studies deal with issues such as evaluation, leave, faculty relations, academic performance, public records, tenure and promotion, and special accommodations. These cases will be discussed during the small group discussion. Following the small group discussion, the attorneys will review the disposition of the cases.