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Kansas State University

About the Conference

“The Conference is a wonderful resource and professional development opportunity for aspiring and practicing chairs. At the Conference, chairs obtain practical information that is immediately useful as well as an opportunity to network with chairs from other institutions.” Mary Lou Higgerson(Vice President of Academic Affairs and Dean of the College Baldwin-Wallace College)

The Academic Chairpersons Conference is an annual forum where academic chairpersons, administrators, and faculty from all areas of higher education share the most successful, innovative ideas and strategies to assist each other in becoming more effective in their positions. The conference format includes concurrent sessions of papers, workshops, panels, and roundtables. The emphasis of every conference is to provide practical, usable information in a climate of open discussion and collaborative exchange.

Who Should Attend

  • Department Chairs/Heads
  • Division Chairs/Heads
  • Deans
  • Academic Vice President
  • Program or Project Directors
  • Faculty Development Coordinators
  • Anyone responsible for directing, coordination, or supervising academic programs and/or faculty

Attendance Statistics (2013 Conference):

Total attendance: 392
Female participants: 211
Male participants: 181

Department Chairs or Heads: 302
Deans: 20
Other (professor, associate professor, etc.): 70

Institution Size Statistics

1,500 or less.............7%
1,500 -- 3,000.........11%
3,000 -- 6,000.........13%
6,000--10,000.........20%
10,000+....................45%
No response..............5%

Length of Time Serving as Chair

More than four years: 99
1-3 years: 128
Less than one year: 91
Not a chair: 43
No response: 31

2012 conference participant reviews of the Academic Chairpersons Conference