Columbia University

Faculty of Arts and Sciences

Resources for Arts and Sciences Department Chairs

This page is under active review for Spring 2021.

Welcome to the A&S Department Chair Resources page.  Here you can find materials, resources, and workshops for A&S department chairs. A calendar of upcoming events is posted here, as well as program flyers or agendas from previous events.  If you have any questions regarding A&S department chair workshops or information on this page, please contact [email protected].


Past Events

Department Chair Transition Meeting

May 7, 2019



2018-2019 Department Chair Programs

You may visit this page to view A&S Office for Faculty Development and Diversity programs and events that are offered to new and continuing Department Chairs and Vice Chairs in Arts & Sciences. If you would like to suggest a program topic, please contact Susan Drange, Associate Dean, Faculty Development and Diversity, A&S at [email protected] 

Spring 2019 Faculty Recruitment and Development Application Deadlines 

Please review the Spring 2019 calendar of faculty recruitment and development application deadlines for Arts & Sciences and the Office of the Vice Provost for Faculty Advancement

Improving Department Climate

"Improving the Department Climate: Tools and Resources for Department Chairs" was developed by the office for Faculty Development and Diversity in Arts & Sciences at Columbia University. You may visit this page to access the full toolkit and additional resources and references on improving climate in your department. 

Resources for New Chairs

The A&S Office for Faculty Development and Diversity offers orientation for new Arts & Sciences department chairs. Please follow the links below for more information: 

General Studies – Overview 

Inclusive Teaching Guide

Legal Issues for Chairs – Presentation  

2018 - 2019 Faculty Search Committee Briefing Calendar 

Faculty, Researchers and Staff Important Resources Card

What I Learned as a Department Head 

10 Suggestions for a New Department Chair

Advice for a New Chair from a New Chair 


Past Department Chairs Programs and Events

Implementing a Department Climate Survey

November 30, 2018

Chair's Role in Faculty Review

October 19, 2018

Searching for Diversity: Best Practices for Standard Searches

October 10, 2018

Searching for Diversity: Pursuing Targets of Opportunity 

September 28, 2018

Legal Issues for Chairs 

September 14, 2018

Department Chair Transition Meeting 

(for departments with new incoming chairs)
May 1, 2018
Working with Your Staff & Performance Evaluation 
March 23, 2018

April 4, 2017

Managing Conflict in the Department

February 15, 2017

Chair's Role in Departmental Finance

January 24, 2017

Legal Issues for Chairs

November 2, 2016

Chair's Role in Faculty Review

October 14, 2016

New Department Chair Orientation

September 9, 2016

Improving Mentoring in your Department – Dr. Stacy Blake-Beard

April 26, 2016