Leadership Development & Resources
UC Davis Academic Affairs

Throughout the academic year, the Office of Academic Affairs sponsors a number of brown bags, workshops and other programs to assist UC Davis faculty develop leadership skills and successfully assume academic leadership positions.

Chairs Training Program

A two-day mandatory training program intended to provide newly appointed department chairs with a strong foundation of knowledge, information and resources viewed as essential to their role. Some of the featured topics at this UC Davis Academic Affairs training have included:

  • Procedures for faculty advancement
  • Managing department resources
  • Financial Management
  • Facilitating faculty success -  faculty searches, nurturing new faculty
  • Important Policies/Procedures
  • Creating a Productive Work Environment for Faculty and Staff

Department Chair Brown Bag Series

Department Chair Brown Bags are held monthly and are topical discussions and lectures intended to assist department chairs in their roles as leaders in academic departments. Topics include: Procedures for Faculty Advancement, Nurturing New Faculty, Organizing Your Department, Structuring and Managing a Department Budget, Best Practices for Conflict Management, Best Practices for Faculty Searches, Basics on Academic Advancement (for new Chairs), updates on issues in Academic Affairs (offered every Spring), and more.  The schedule for 2012-2013 can be found here.

Handbook for Chairs and Directors

A resource for UC Davis Chairs and Directors to assist them in advancing the research, teaching, and service missions of their units, and help foster a collegial academic environment to support these missions.

Leadership Development Program

The Leadership Development Program is a six-day series comprised of lecture, discussion and exercises, in areas such as: effective leadership, problem-solving, negotiations and communication skills. The program is offered to nominated Chairs and faculty.