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Department Head Leadership Program

The Department Head Leadership Program helps prepare new department heads for the responsibilities and challenges they confront as departmental leaders.  While the program is designed for those recently appointed to their positions, more experienced department heads are encouraged and welcome to attend.  The year-long program sponsored by the Office of the Provost addresses a variety of topics including roles and responsibilities of department heads, communication and team building, budgeting, promotion and tenure, conflict management, succession planning, legal and ethical issues, difficult faculty, strategic planning, facilitating faculty success, conflict of interest policies, and Purdue's organizational structure.

The monthly sessions are presented in a variety of formats which include case studies, discussions of relevant readings, peer to peer learning, advice from veteran department heads, and presentations from experts both inside and outside the University.  The goal of the program is to offer leadership learning in a safe, comfortable environment where successes, failures and challenges can be shared, new heads can learn from peers and other experts, and relevant knowledge can be discussed and disseminated.


  • May 15, 2013 HOVD 119 New Department Head End of term celebration and debrief meeting

Previous DHLP Sessions

(all sessions are from 3:00-4:30 p.m. except where otherwise noted)

  • October 19, 2011 STEW 320 Promotion and Tenure: Concerns of Non-tenure Faculty
  • November 29, 2011 HOVD 119 Tips for Veteran Department Heads
  • December 13, 2011 HOVD 119 Working with Deans and Administration
  • January 26, 2012 HOVD 119 Budgets
  • February 13, 2012 STEW 320 Faculty Development: Recruitment, Evaluation, Retention, Mentoring
  • March 21, 2012 HOVD 119 Dealing with Difficult Faculty
  • April 24, 2012 HOVD 119 Alumni Relations and Development Opportunities
  • May 24, 2012 HOVD 119 Harassment and Discrimination
  • July 12, 2012, 1:30-3:00 p.m. HOVD 119 Meet the Provost: Meeting the Challenges of the Strategic Plan
  • September 26, 2012 12:00-5:00 p.m. DLRC 221 New Department Head Fall Retreat
  • October 31, 2012 11:30-1:00 p.m. TBD - Budgets
  • December 19, 2012 11:30-1:00 HOVD 119 - Harassment and Discrminiation Compliance with Legal Issues in Higher Education
  • January 30, 2013 12:00-1:00 DLRC 221 - Mid-Year Retreat
  • February 27, 2013 HOVD 119 - Fostering a Supportive, Productive Department

For more information about the Department Head Leadership Program, please contact:

Steve Abel
Associate Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs
Email: abels@purdue.edu