Letter from Vice Provost for Faculty Development

Thank you for agreeing to serve your department and KU in the critical leadership role of chair. In addition to forming and supporting the strategic direction for your department, you are also called upon to manage instructional programming, budgets, faculty recruitment, and evaluation and development of existing faculty. Without your dedication and leadership, KU would be unable to sustain our commitment to quality education and scholarship.

Many resources exist to help you be successful in your position, and we are working to develop others. Please take advantage of the opportunity to connect with a new group of peers – your fellow chairs – throughout the year by attending the Chairs’ Roundtables. Lunch will be provided and a variety of topics will be covered that are of current interest. Perhaps most importantly, the roundtables provide an opportunity for you to meet other chairs with whom you can discuss issues of mutual concern. Your fellow chairs may well be one of your most knowledgeable resources as you move forward in your new role.

The information in this website is provided to help you navigate your role as chair, and to highlight some important issues you may face. It includes ideas and additional resources for resolving those issues in a way that fits the unique culture of the faculty in your department.

I look forward to meeting and working with each of you in the coming months. Ideas for additional resources for chairs or topics for roundtables and workshops are always welcome!


Mary Lee HummertMary Lee Hummert
Vice Provost for Faculty Development
Professor, Communication Studies
(785) 864-4904

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