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Department Heads Forum: The New Normal

Dear colleagues,

I’m pleased to provide you with more details about the first Department Heads Forum, to be held on Thursday, September 24th, 3:15-4:45 PM, in the West Wing of the Haslam Business Building.

The title for this forum is “The New Normal: Meeting Expectations.” It will be in the form of a workshop, facilitated by Bill Dunne, Associate Dean in the College of Engineering; Bruce Maclennan, President of the Faculty Senate; Brent Mallinckrodt, Associate Dean in the College of Arts and Sciences; and Lane Morris, Associate Dean in the Haslam College of Business. These four colleagues were last year’s SEC Academic Leadership Development Program Fellows. They developed the workshop as part of their activities during the fellowship year.

The goal of the workshop is to assist department heads with implementing the new rating rubrics in annual faculty performance review with particular focus on the role of “meets expectations” in the new rubric.

So that you can get the most out of the workshop, the facilitators request that you bring a copy of your unit’s performance expectations to the workshop.

Here is the list of dates for this academic year (15-16), with topics for fall.

  • September 24*: “New Normal: Meeting Expectations.”
  • October 14: Conflict Management Skills
  • November 19: Using Academic Unit Statistics and other data to understand and advocate for your department
  • February 10: Topic TBD
  • March 9: Topic TBD
  • April 14: Topic TBD

All meetings are from 3-4:30 pm and will be held in the West Wing of Haslam Business Building, *except for the September 24th meeting that will be held from 3:15-4:45PM.

Light refreshments will be served.

I hope to see you there.

John Zomchick
Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs