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Department Chair Leadership Institute 

DCLI is designed to develop critical skills for leading your department as an institutional citizen.

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Members of the inaugural DCLI cohort participate in breakouts.
Members of the inaugural DCLI cohort participate in breakouts.

Develop leadership skills needed to lead change during turbulent times. 

The Department Chair Leadership Institute is designed for current department chairs who serve at state colleges and universities and aspire to be dynamic, strategic, and empathetic leaders. Participants gain a national perspective on the importance of the department chair in serving the institutional mission, leading with an equity mindset, delivering value and ensuring student success. 

Members of the inaugural DCLI cohort participate in breakouts.
Members of the inaugural DCLI cohort participate in breakouts.

Who Should Participate

  • Current or newly appointed department chairs who are committed to strengthening their leadership skills.

How You’ll Benefit

  • Develop critical skills for leading your department as an institutional citizen. 
  • Build a strong and supportive network of colleagues and mentors. 
What to Expect
  • Diversity, equity, and inclusion discussions integrated throughout.
  • Tailored to the distinctive needs of department chairs serving at state colleges and universities.
  • Strong relational component—commitment to create and support trust, encourage peer-to-peer learning, confidentiality, and safety among the cohort.
  • Develop critical skills for leading as an institutional citizen.
  • Equip department chairs with tools to overcome common challenges.
  • Prepare department chairs with tools and skills to succeed in their chair role as well as for future roles in university administration.

To meet the high demand among AASCU members for this program, the Department Chair Leadership Institute will be offered twice in 2025. The program will be the same for both the January and August cohorts and will be led by a faculty of experienced Department Chairs and University Administrators from AASCU institutions.

  • Cohort One
    • An intensive in-person program at AASCU’s Washington, D.C. office on January 9 and 10, 2025.
    • In-person programming will not be livestreamed or otherwise recorded. One-hundred percent attendance and participation is expected.
    • Three, 90-minute virtual sessions throughout the spring semester.
  • Cohort Two
    • An intensive in-person program at AASCU’s Washington, D.C. office on August 13 and 14, 2025.
    • In-person programming will not be livestreamed or otherwise recorded. One-hundred percent attendance and participation is expected.
    • Three, 90-minute virtual sessions throughout the fall semester.

Special thanks to Zulma Toro and Central Connecticut State University for piloting the department chair curriculum.

  • Leading your department in alignment with your institution’s mission and strategic plan
  • Growing and sustaining a future-focused department
  • Navigating difficult conversations
  • Maintaining relevance in the face of changes in higher education
  • Resource management
  • Principles of supervision
  • Wellness for leaders
  • Applications that are complete, including a nomination/endorsement from a dean, provost, president or chancellor, and submitted by the deadline will be considered.
  • The Department Chair Institute faculty will review applications and select a cohort that reflects the diversity of AASCU membership.
  • Preference is given to applicants from AASCU member institutions.
  • A maximum of 36 participants will be selected for each cohorts (a total of 72 chairs will be selected).
  • AASCU expects to fill the January and August cohorts from applications submitted during this one application period.

The application period for Cohorts One and Two for this program will open in late August 2024. A complete application for the Department Chair Institute includes the following:

  • Applications and endorsements are due by Oct. 8, 2024.
  • Nomination or endorsement from a dean, provost, president or chancellor from your home institution. (Nominations from higher-level administrators do not carry more weight.)
  • Clear and concise summary of your personal and professional development goals.
  • Demonstrated interest in subsequent leadership positions.
  • Commitment to 100% participation.

Preference is given to applicants from AASCU member institutions.

  • $1,700 members
  • $2,700 non-members (AASCU members receive preference)
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Program impact

77%pt. increase

19% of January 2024 cohort members reported feeling connected before the program vs. 96% who felt connected at the end of day 2.

4.38/5

Average rating of content, presentation, and speaker quality for the January program.

This was an excellent experience. I will take many lessons and implement them into my role as a chair. I feel I have also made some new connections that I will communicate with along this journey. Thank you!

DCLI January 2024 Cohort Participant

All sessions were engaging and interactive. Every one was facilitated by a teacher to promote engagement and learning.

DCLI January 2024 Cohort Participant
Frequently Asked Questions

AASCU member institutions may nominate more than one Department Chair. In order to engage a diverse cohort and to best serve as many of our member institutions as possible, AASCU may cap the number of participants from the same institution at two per cohort.

Aspiring leaders are encouraged to apply for the Department Chair Leadership Institute and for 2025 Leadership Development Programming. Program timing and curriculum is designed uniquely for different audiences.

AASCU Consulting offers a 1.5-day department chair institute onsite at your institution, with additional opportunities for virtual workshops during the academic year. The institution-specific onsite academy program aligns with the AASCU Department Chair Leadership Institute or can be further tailored to address specific topics at your institution. Contact Matt Ceppi to learn more.

2024 Cohort #1

Jackie

Apodaca

Professor and Co-Chair of Theatre, Faculty Senate Chair

Southern Oregon University

Arne

Baruca

Chair, Management and Marketing Department at the College of Business

Texas A&M University-San Antonio

Maria Alessandra

Bollettino

Chair and Professor of the Department of History

Framingham State University (MA)

Lizabeth

Cain

Associate Professor, Department of Teaching and Learning

State University of New York at New Paltz

Cristóbal

Cardemil-Krause

Chair, Department of Languages and Cultures

West Chester University (PA)

Theresa B.

Clarke

Academic Unit Head and Professor of Marketing

James Madison University (VA)

Caress A.

Dean

Chair, Department of Public and Environmental Wellness and Master of Public Health Program Director

Oakland University (MI)

Dee

Fretwell

Chair, Senior Faculty, School of Business

Southern Oregon University

Anthony L.

Fulmore

Chair and Assistant Professor, Accounting and Finance Department

Texas A&M University-Central Texas

Robin

Gallaher

Chair and Associate Professor, Language, Literature, and Writing

Northwest Missouri State University

Larry

Gibbs

Chair, Healthcare Administration Program

Southern Oregon University

Denise

Gorsline

Chair, School of Communication and Journalism

Minnesota State University Moorhead

Jessica Loyet

Gracey

Chair and Associate Professor, Department of Humanities & Social Sciences

Northwest Missouri State University

Jacqueline J.

Hill

Chair, Department of Nursing

Bowie State University (MD)

Mehruz

Kamal

Associate Professor and Chair, Department of Computing Sciences

State University of New York at Brockport

Elizabeth P.

Karam

Academic Unit Head, Department of Management

James Madison University (VA)

Neelam

Khan

Department Chair of Physics and Pre-Engineering

Georgia Gwinnett College

Ji Young

Kim

Department Chair and Associate Professor of English

Fayetteville State University (NC)

David

Kirschner

Chair, Department of Human Services and Cultural Studies; Associate Professor of Sociology

Georgia Gwinnett College

Danielle T.

Ligocki

Chair and Associate Professor, Department of Teaching and Learning

Oakland University (MI)

Jesse

Longhurst

Chair and Associate Professor, Education

Southern Oregon University

Gerard

Madlambayan

Chair and Professor, Biological Sciences

Oakland University (MI)

Scott L.

Newbert

Chair and Professor, Department of Entrepreneurship and Innovation

City University of New York, Baruch College

Matthew

Pangborn

Chair and Professor, English

Georgia College & State University

Jeffrey

Pietruszynski

Chair, English Department

West Virginia State University

Jonathan D.

Raskin

Chair and Professor, Psychology

State University of New York at New Paltz

Rachna

Sadana

Chair and Professor, Department of Natural Sciences

University of Houston-Downtown (TX)

Marieke C.

Schilpzand

Chair and Associate Professor, Department of Management, International Business, and Business Communications

Georgia Gwinnett College

Kyle

Seifert

Academic Unit Head and Professor, Biology

James Madison University (VA)

Preety

Tripathi

Chair, Math Department

State University of New York at Oswego

Keaghan

Turner

Chair and Associate Professor, Digital Writing and Humanistic Studies

Coastal Carolina University (SC)

Michael

Waldman

Interim Chief Librarian

City University of New York, Baruch College

Jessica

Welsh

Chair and Instructor, Communication Disorders

State University of New York at New Paltz

Concetta A.

Williams

Chair, Department of English, Foreign Languages and Literatures, and Interdisciplinary Programs

Chicago State University (IL)

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Application Details

Applications will reopen in late summer 2024.

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Application Requirements

  • Nomination or endorsement from a dean, provost, president or chancellor from your home institution (nominations from higher-level administrators do not carry more weight.)
  • Clear and concise summary of your personal and professional development goals.
  • Demonstrated interest in subsequent leadership positions.
  • Commitment to 100% participation.

Important Dates

  • Applications and endorsements are due by Oct. 8, 2024
  • Applications will open in late summer 2024.
  • Cohort One
    • An intensive in-person program at AASCU’s Washington, D.C. office on January 9 and 10, 2025.
    • Three 90-minute virtual sessions throughout the spring semester.
  • Cohort Two
    • An intensive in-person program at AASCU’s Washington, D.C. office on August 13 and 14, 2025.
    • Three 90-minute virtual sessions throughout the spring semester.

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Past SSI Cohorts

Meet the alumni from recent Student Success Institute cohorts.

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2022 SSI Cohort

Mark

Byrnes

Provost and Professor of Political Science

Middle Tennessee State University

Matt

Cecil

Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs

Northern Kentucky University

Maria L.

Cronley

Provost and Senior Vice President of Academic Affairs

Austin Peay State University (TN)

Tammy K.

Evetovich

Chancellor

University of Wisconsin-Platteville

Jeffrey K.

Gibson

Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs / Interim President

East Central University (OK)

Chaudron

Gille

Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs

University of North Georgia

Amy

Gort

Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs

Metro State University (MN)

Vernon Harper

Vernon B.

Harper Jr.

Interim President

California State University, Bakersfield

John Hoffman

John L.

Hoffman

President

Bemidji State University (MN)

Ruth Ray

Jackson

Interim President

Langston University (OK)

Sharon Andrea

Jones

Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs

University of Washington Bothell

Katherine

Kantardjieff

Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs

California State University Monterey Bay

Jim

Mayrose

Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs

“State University of New York, Buffalo State”

Darcy

Medica

Provost and VP for Academic Affairs

State University of New York Cobleskill

Alisa L.

Mosley

Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs

Jackson State University (MS)

Cheryl L.

Nixon

Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs

Fort Lewis College

Duncan

Quarless

Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs

State University of New York College at Old Westbury

Kelly A.

Ryan

President

Eastern Oregon University

David A.

Starrett

Executive Vice President and Provost

State University of New York at Fredonia

Lance E.

Tatum

Senior Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs,

Troy University (AL)

Daren

Timmons

Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs

University of South Carolina Aiken

2021 SSI Cohort

Mohamed

Abdelrahman

Provost and Executive Vice President of Academic Affairs

Colorado State University-Pueblo

Steven

Berberich

Provost and Interim Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs

University of Missouri-St. Louis

Bette

Bergeron

Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs

State University of New York College at Potsdam

Deborah

Bordelon

Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost

University of Houston-Downtown (TX)

Kent

Buchanan

Vice President for Academic Affairs

Adams State University (CO)

Heather

Coltman

Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs

James Madison University (VA)

Scott R.

Furlong

Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs

State University of New York at Oswego

Tamara

Jhashi

Senior Vice President and Provost

New Jersey City University

Ravi

Krovi

Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs

Weber State University (UT)

Kathleen

McAteer

Vice Chancellor for Academic and Student Affairs

Washington State University Tri-Cities

Nancy S.

Niemi

President

Framingham State University (MA)

Peter O.

Nwosu

President

State University of New York at Oswego

J. Michael

Parrish

Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs / Provost

“City College of New York, College of Staten Island”

Clarenda

Phillips

Provost/Vice President for Academic Affairs

Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi

Stacey

Robertson

President

Widener University (PA)

Leslie K.

Roundtree

Interim Provost and Vice President, Academic Affairs

Chicago State University (IL)

Christie

Shelton

Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs

Jacksonville State University (AL)

Kathie

Stromile Golden

Provost / Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs

Mississippi Valley State University

Maria

Woodside-Oriakhi

Vice President for Academic Affairs

University of The Bahamas

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Student Success Institute

The Student Success Institute (SSI) is a leadership development program tailored to the needs of campus leaders driving student success initiatives. SSI will help individuals lead and implement transformational change necessary to meet the evolving needs of today’s diverse student body.

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Pamela Arrington of Alabama A&M University discusses points with the 2023 cohort group.
Pamela Arrington of Alabama A&M University discusses points with the 2023 cohort group.

Prepare to lead transformational institutional change for student success. 

The Student Success Institute (SSI) provides the most current and relevant expertise on promising practices in student success, leadership, data and assessment, teaching and learning, and equity. Throughout the program, participants have the opportunity to build a strong and supportive network of peers, learn from leading experts in the field, and develop a core set of critical skills necessary for leading institutional change. A key feature of the program is structured time and space to reflect on and advance one’s own institutional student success plan with a small group of peers.

Student Success Institute's 2023 cohort.
Student Success Institute’s 2023 cohort.

Who Should Participate

  • Provosts and Vice Presidents for Student Affairs with more than one year in their role 

How You’ll Benefit

  • Learn from leading experts in the field. Program speakers will include sitting presidents, experienced provosts and vice presidents for student affairs, as well as national experts in areas such as leadership, student success, and data utilization.  
  • Develop critical skills necessary for leading institutional change. Participants will learn about key leadership skills and have opportunities to practically apply them to their work via a student success plan. 
  • Build a strong and supportive network of peers. Throughout the program, there will be multiple opportunities for participants to work together, in small groups and one-to-one settings, developing a group of trusted colleagues who can be called upon after the program is over.  
  • Have opportunities for reflection. Through guided discussions, short reflection prompts, small group discussions, and other activities, participants will have valuable time to engage in thoughtful reflection about their own assumptions and practices. 
  • Build a portfolio of source material. Throughout the program, participants will be given space and structure to collect and organize curricular materials to share at their institutions or to keep as reference following the conclusion of the program. 
what to expect
  • Student success is a key contributor to a more equitable society. Studies have shown that student success in college can increase economic mobility, reshape opportunities, and transform the lives of both students and their families.
  • There is empirical evidence that changing institutional practices and policies can increase student success outcomes and narrow achievement and opportunity gaps among all students.
  • Provosts and vice presidents for student affairs are critical agents of the president or chancellor in transforming their institutions to achieve greater student outcomes.
  • Provosts, charged with overseeing the academic enterprise of an institution, and vice presidents for student affairs, charged with the support for the well-being of the whole student, are essential partners in student success.

Provosts and Vice Presidents for Student Affairs who participate in the SSI will:

  • be able to assess and develop their leadership styles to more effectively drive positive change at their institutions.
  • deepen their understanding of student success practices and further develop their skills to effectively implement promising practices.
  • understand the specific roles data play and how to leverage data to increase and accelerate student success initiatives at their institutions.
  • understand and be able to articulate the critical role of teaching and learning and supporting faculty development for equitable student success.
  • critically reflect on their own implicit biases and build their skills to become equity conscious leaders.
  • understand how to work in partnership with their Cabinet-level peers to develop and implement effective plans for student success initiatives.

The 2025 SSI will take place from July 2025 to early 2026.

Programming will be delivered in a blended format, with in-person and virtual programming. Virtual programming will take place on select Fridays (exact dates TBD) between 2 and 4 p.m. ET.  In-person programming will not be livestreamed or otherwise recorded. One-hundred percent attendance and participation is expected.  

  • Program Onboarding (virtual): June 2025 
  • In-Person Meeting at AASCU 2025 Summer Meeting for Academic and Student Affairs Leaders: July 2025
  • Virtual Workshops: Fall 2025 
  • Closing gathering (in-person): to be scheduled

In addition to the above meetings, all SSI participants will apply their learnings to a self-directed student success plan. 

  • Leadership 
  • Student Success 
  • Equity 
  • Data 
  • Teaching and Learning 

The Student Success Institute (SSI) is a leadership development program tailored to the needs of campus leaders driving student success initiatives. Participants include provosts and vice presidents of student affairs. Participants must have at least one year in their current role.

All eligible members will be admitted as space allows. Nonmembers who are eligible will be allowed to register if space is available. Participants may register and attend as a pair from the same institution, or individually. Participants from the same institution will work together to develop or refine the campus student success plan.

The application period for the 2025 SSI Cohort will open in November 2024. A complete application for the Student Success Institute includes the following:

  • Applications and endorsements are due by February 10, 2025
  • Nomination or endorsement from the president or chancellor from your home institution. (Only one endorsement required per provost/VPSA pair.)
  • Clear and concise summary of your leadership and student success goals.
  • Commitment to 100% participation.

Preference is given to applicants from AASCU member institutions.

2025 Registration Fees
  • Participants from AASCU member institutions: $4,200
  • Participants from non-member institutions: $5,200 (admitted if space allows)

The program fee covers program administration, meals during the in-person intensives, registration for the 2025 AASCU Summer Meeting for Academic and Student Affairs Leaders and all materials. Participants are responsible for their own travel and accommodation.

Scholarships
  • Limited scholarships are available to accepted applicants from AASCU member institutions. 
Testimonial

Participating in the SSI and having the opportunity to engage in such transformational discussions related to my leadership role at my university was an absolute pleasure. I found the subjects to be innovative, forward-thinking, and of extreme relevance to my work as the CAO. This initiative proved to be extremely valuable as I was able to expand my network and learn from the experiences of so many experts.

Maria Woodside-Oriakhi

Vice President of Academic Affairs
The University of The Bahamas

Application Details

The registration period for SSI is now closed. Registration for future SSI cohorts will be announced. All eligible members will be admitted as space allows. Eligible nonmembers will be allowed to register if space is available. 

Application Requirements

  • Provost or vice president for student affairs with at least one year of experience
  • committed to advancing significantly better and more equitable outcomes for your students

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