The Office for Faculty and Academic Affairs supports academic leaders as they build and strengthen the academic units within which faculty carry out the mission and strategic goals of the University of Minnesota.
Department Heads and Chairs
One of the key roles of the Office for Faculty and Academic Affairs is to support department chairs and heads as they lead their academic units. In addition to regular consulting about specific issues and opportunities, we facilitate a series of programs and events:
- year-long program for new chairs and heads,
- "Talking Heads" series that invites all chairs/heads to come together to discuss particular aspects of their roles,
- ongoing sessions to promote active conversation between heads/chairs and central administrators,
- selected chairs' involvement in the Department Executive Offices (DEO) program collaboratively led by the Big Ten Academic Alliance.
The University of Minnesota collaborates with the other universities in the Big Ten Academic Alliance to provide an exceptional leadership opportunity for selected faculty. Five faculty leaders are selected from each campus to participate in a year-long program that consists of travel to three Big Ten campuses for intensive leadership conferences and on-campus dialogues with senior administrative leaders. Participants in this program have already demonstrated leadership in some capacity (often as department/program chairs or associate deans) and are exploring expanding their leadership contributions.